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The Black Knights

    In General 

  • Accidental Pervert: The Outdoor Bath Peeping incident in Izu that almost gets the guys in the Student Council beaten up. Subverted in that it wasn't really an accident. Double Subverted in that none of the guys planned it.
  • Achilles' Heel: All of them have an elemental weakness that will swiftly put them in the dirt.
    • Arthur/Tama's weakness is electricity.
    • Kallen/Queen's weakness is ice.
    • Milly/Diamond's weakness is wind.
    • Leila/Bishop's weakness is fire.
    • Euphemia/Noire's weakness is psychokinesis.
    • Shirley/Dame's weakness is curse.
  • Adaptational Badass: Most of their members were non-combatants in canon, but here they're Persona Users. Especially Lelouch that goes from Non-Action Guy to the resident Wild Card wielder.
  • Amazon Brigade: Downplayed. Following the events of the fourth Palace and Story Arc, the Black Knights consist of one guy, one male cat, and five girls.
  • Aristocrat Team: Kallen comments on the irony of a rebel team like this. Her points are even more valid after the fourth Palace, when only Arthur and Shirley/Dame aren't Britannian nobility or former members of it, herself included as the daughter of a nobleman (and Arthur is cat).
  • Ascended Extra: Many of their members were only secondary characters in Code Geass. Especially true for Milly, Dame, and Arthur.
  • Battle Harem: Subverted. The Black Knights may look like one, but Lelouch wasn't dating any of them until his Relationship Upgrade with Kallen/Queen in Chapter 28. Lampshaded by the Shadow ruling the fourth Palace, who outright refers to the four girls in the team as their leader's harem. Increasingly Double Subverted as time goes. By the end of the fourth Story Arc, out of the five girls in the team, two are head-over-heels in love with him, another has a crush on him, the fourth one's Incest Subtext gets kinda eyebrow-raising at times, and the last one is very much The Tease around him and you can never be sure how serious or not she really is about it.
  • The Beautiful Elite: Lampshaded by Alice after seeing them in their swimsuits during the Beach Episode, who sarcastically asked if you have to win a beauty contest before they let you join.
  • Beauty, Brains and Brawn: Diamond, Bishop, and Queen, respectively, as the three first girls in the Black Knights. Played With at every step of the way, though. Diamond is a gregarious, unifying influence, but also The Gadfly and The Tease. Bishop is The Smart Gal but can be Innocently Insensitive and Brutally Honest. Queen is a Hot-Blooded Action Girl, but she's devoted to her boyfriend to an almost unhealthy degree.
  • Code Name: Like in the game, each party member goes by an alias in the Metaverse. So far we have: Zero (Lelouch), Tama (Arthur), Queen (Kallen), Diamond (Milly Ashford), Bishop (Leila Breisgau), Noire (Princess Euphemia), and Dame (Shirley Fenette).
  • Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors: As in Persona 5, each of their Personas is proficient in and resistant to an Elemental Power and weak to another. Evolved Personas become immune to the former and gain a new resistance.
    • Arthur/Tama's Master Cat wields Garu, and is weak to Zio.
    • Kallen/Queen's Suzuka Gozen is proficient in physical attacks and Frei skills, and is weak to Bufu. Guren Jigoku is immune to Frei and resists Curse.
    • Milly/Diamond's Medea uses Agi and is weak to Garu.
    • Leila/Bishop's Joan of Arc is a Sensor-type that also specializes in Psy, and is weak to Agi.
    • Euphemia/Noire's Eilonwy can use Bufu spells, but is weak to Psy.
    • Shirley/Dame's Maid Marian can use both Bless and Gun-type skills, but is weak to Curse.
  • Embarrassing Cover-Up: Lelouch isn't sure what the tailors thought when the team ordered Fanservice Costumes for themselves as a rush job, but guesses that they assumed that "the costumes were for a party or nobles having some sort of tryst". Downplayed a bit in that he doesn't particularly care about it as long as it makes for a good cover story.
  • Fanservice Costumes: Their dancer outfits for The Infiltration of the 5th Palace run the gamut.
  • Femme Fatale: Discussed. None of the female members of the Black Knights really fits the bill, but they're mistaken for femmes fatales due to their proclamation video in Chapter 49. To be fair to their in-series fandom, they only had the girls' Sexy Silhouettes and Zero's speech to go by and that's just how they ended up filling the blanks.
  • Foil: Fellow blondes Milly Ashford and Leila Breisgau. The former is a Lovable Alpha Bitch, Shameless Fanservice Girl and The Tease, playful gadfly and prankster, a bit of a Book Dumb but with enough of leadership and people skills to run a school for the elite as their undisputed Student Council President despite being a former noble. For her part, Leila suffers from Intelligence = Isolation, attracts more male attention she'd like, she's usually very formal and poised and enjoys playing chess and reading books, comes from a Friendless Background in part because her and her parents' secretly subversive political views, and she's a bona fide Countess despite her young age after the death of her parents. To further drive the point home, Milly is whole 14 cm (almost 6 inches) taller than Leila. They do have several points in common: they're both members of the Black Knights, have problems with unwanted suitors — albeit due to opposite reasons because Milly's mother wants to marry her off to a noble, whereas men are after Leila's title and inheritance — and have a close but not-quite platonic friendship with one Lelouch Lamperouge.
  • Four-Girl Ensemble: The girls in the Black Nights before Dame joins in. Queen is the Tomboy and The Big Guy of the team, Diamond is a Heroic Seductress and consistently The Tease, Bishop is The Smart Gal and the team's Number Two, and Noire is a Silk Hiding Steel Girly Girl.
  • Genre Savvy: Knowing the lore behind enemy Shadows tend to help the team a lot to defeat them. For example, Zero immediately figures out the remaining weakness of a Dual Mini-Boss in Chapter 52 after one was knocked down by a Curse-type attack that the other barely felt, and from the latter throwing a dark-aligned One-Hit Kill spell. His educated guess comes from how the Dual Boss is based on a Chinese Guardian Lion/Lioness pair of statues that in turn represent the male's yang/light and the female's yin/dark.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity:
    • Just like the canonical Phantom Thieves. They're considered a threat by the authorities, are blamed for the Black Mask's murders, including but not limited to Prince Clovis and Shirley's father, and their public support is scarce under Britannia's authoritarian rule.
    • For an extra bit of bad rep, some people in-story thinks Zero is using his brainwashing powers to make himself a harem based on how he was surrounded by the Sexy Silhouettes of five beautiful girls in his proclamation video in Chapter 49.
  • Honey Trap: Milly Invokes this in order to gain entry to the 5th Palace by disguising themselves as dancers in alluring outfits. Lelouch has an Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap! moment when he realizes that includes him.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Both Shirley/Dame and Leila/Bishop have feelings for Lelouch, but are unable to act on them after his Relationship Upgrade with Kallen/Queen.
  • Idiot Ball: Lelouch chastises himself for going and challenging the Black King alone to a chess match in order to glean the information the team needs to enter his Palace. It didn't occur to him until it was too late that the Black King, unlike his usual opponents in the gambling scene, is a total crook that would ignore the outcome of the match and use his hired muscle to force him into submission. In a "two wrongs make a right" kinda situation, at the very same time Princess Euphemia grabs a similar Idiot Ball and goes alone to investigate The Don making so many people suffer, reuniting the half-siblings after years of her thinking he was dead.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: A Brainwashed Bishop uses her Psychokinetic skills against Lelouch, which accidentally allows him to talk directly to her mind, his words helping Leila to snap back to her senses.
  • Irony: In Chapter 16, Kallen remarks on the irony of the Black Knights being a Japan-based rebel group that opposes Britannia where only she has any Japanese blood at all.
  • It's Personal: Each of the Palace missions are this to at least one of the members of the team.
  • Karmic Thief: Downplayed because they're just stealing things from Palaces in the Metaverse, but Diamond commented that it felt particularly justified about stealing from the Fifth Palace because those riches are Cognitive representation of all the Plundering the Chinese Federation inflicted on other countries.
  • Kleptomaniac Hero Found Underwear: Discussed. Milly joked if they were going to find what kind of panties Shirley has when entering her dorm room (the Cognitive version of it, that's it). Lelouch just sighed and ignored the question.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: The Black Knights withdraw from Shirley Fenette's Palace after its ruler throws a Timed Boss Battle at them right from the get-go, and before the Shadow can use a Zerg Rush tactic.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: All the Black Knights except for Shirley herself knows Lelouch reciprocates her feelings by the time they infiltrate her Palace.
  • Mistaken for Murderer: The Black Knights are blamed for Clovis' death despite it being pointed out In-Universe that killing the viceroy when they did makes little sense even assuming they have the means to do it. Same thing with Joseph Fenette's murder.
  • Motive Decay: Averted. Unlike the Phantom Thieves of Hearts who slowly buy more and more into their own popularity and lose sight of founding principles, the Black Knights and Lelouch, in particular, see their own notoriety as an unavoidable side effect of their activities, and as a variable they need to handle with care because it's required to unlock new areas in Mementos.
  • Occult Detective: Inverted. The Black Knights use the Metaverse to investigate mundane criminals in order to find out the Black King's true name and whereabouts.
  • Oh Crap, There Are Fanfics of Us!: In-Universe lemons starring the Black Knights starts to crop up after their proclamation video released in Chapter 49. Milly has read some of them and tells the others they guessed the details so wrong that the stories may as well be about other people, but most of the team is still horrified by the fact that smut inspired by them even exists.
  • Pair the Smart Ones: Discussed. Lelouch and Bishop have plenty of chemistry, especially at the intellectual level, and more than enough of it for his girlfriends to feel uncomfortable with the idea of her spending even more time with him after she transfers to Ashford Academy. Their jealousy is very well justified because Lelouch and Leila are very much attracted to each other, but neither is willing to damage his current relationship because of it.
  • Playboy Bunny: Every girl in the party has to don the look in order to infiltrate a resort-themed Palace as waitresses. They reluctantly agree to it with the exception of Milly who actually always wanted to wear one and positively relishes in the opportunity to better play The Tease.
  • Sexy Silhouette: People can't help but notice this of most of the Black Knights in their proclamation video from Chapter 49.
  • Sinister Silhouettes: Hilariously Subverted. In Chapter 49, the Black Knights release a proclamation video showing them in their disguises like this to protect their identities. It works, but the problem is that Lelouch never considered that showing the very Sexy Silhouettes of five shapely young women flanking their charismatic Rebel Leader while he talked to the camera would provide more than enough subtext for their in-universe fandom to go nuts with Shipping speculation portraying them as a harem, up to and including Lemons starring them.
  • The Smart Guy: Zero and Bishop share the position in the Black Knights. Zero as the guy with the plan, and Bishop who second-guesses him and does the explaining. They probably fell into those roles due to their personalities rather than the capabilities. Lelouch is usually the first one to figure out something, but he also tends to keep things on a need-to-know basis. Bishop is a lot forthcoming with her theories and deductions, but she's a lot more blunt with her words.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: In stark contrast to Code Geass, Lelouch and his group don't kill people. On Lelouch's end, this is more of a pragmatic restraint given that victims of changes of hearts are more valuable to him alive and he would risk driving off the more kind-hearted allies in his entourage. In Chapter 41, he outright admits a full intention to murder Mao/Medjed after he becomes too dangerous to spare, but Alice/Speed deals the finishing blow to spare his hands from becoming stained with blood right in front of Nunnally.
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    Lelouch/Zero 

Lelouch vi Britannia/Lelouch Lamperouge/Zero

Arcana: 0. The Fool
Persona: Arsène
The Leader of the Black Knights
  • Ace Custom: Lelouch makes sure his Cognitive Burai looks like his from canon with it "head" made to resemble a samurai helmet with golden horns by having the one used as a basis decorated before taking the footage detailed in Your Mind Makes It Real below.
  • Actor Allusion: Of course, the primary gag of this fic is that it relies on Lelouch taking the place of Joker easily, since both characters were voiced by Jun Fukuyama in Japan.
  • Adaptational Badass: Lelouch is given the power of the Wild Card instead of his trademark Geass, meaning he is significantly more involved in the execution of his plans this time around. Lelouch actually invokes this by requesting Sayoko to teach him some fighting and infiltration how-to he can apply later to the Metaverse. This and his physical activity in the Metaverse have the welcome side-effect of making him less of the Non-Action Guy he was in canon. Baby steps, though, as while he's not going to outrun someone like Kallen in the real world any time soon, he not longer loses his breath running after her.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Owing to being significantly more dependent on his teammates this time around, Lelouch is a lot less willing to sacrifice his allies than he was in canon. He's also shown to be rather remorseful when he's executing Personas to fuse new ones (except Incubus, who had it coming). Later chapters show this goes beyond Pragmatic Villainy. Lelouch's entire Character Development seems to be going in the opposite direction than in the series. This is especially significant in the Story Arc focused on Shirley. Whereas his canonical self used his Geass to delete her memories of him, this version of Lelouch couldn't go with it despite having the chance to destroy her Treasure to achieve more or less the same effect.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: Relative to Joker. Lelouch's far more perceptive when it comes to understanding the Metaverse, and figures out several endgame plot twists on his own by the time summer vacation rolls around.
  • Adaptational Superpower Change: Becomes a Wild Card wielder instead of being granted his Geass.
  • Anchored Ship: With Leila Breisgau. See Bishop's entry below under Later Members for details.
  • Anger Born of Worry: There's a variant in the aftermath the fourth Palace. Lelouch, smart as he is, gets progressively angry at himself while enumerating in his mind each and every way the mission could have gone wrong at the cost of people important to him.
  • Archnemesis Dad: Exploited at his expense. Igor is well aware that Lelouch hates his father's guts and hopes that revealing that Charles zi Britannia is behind "Ragnarok" will motivate him to oppose him. While Igor is right about that, Lelouch is not so blinded by revenge to not see such a blatant manipulation attempt for what it is.
  • Balanced Harem: Invoked. After he started dating both Kallen and Shirley, Lelouch takes care to not play favorites. For example, he thought the Queen's Necklace would make for a good present and stat- and SP-boosting equipment for Kallen, but refrained for gifting it to her until he Itemized a similarly good accessory for Shirley a few chapters later.
  • Battle Couple: With Kallen/Queen after their Relationship Upgrade in Chapter 28.
  • Betty and Veronica: Shirley and Kallen to Lelouch's Archie. Unlike many examples of this trope, he decides early on that he doesn't want to expose Shirley to the dangers of his double life and puts some distance between them. This creates complications later on when Lelouch actually gets together with Kallen and Shirley develops a Palace following a Trauma Conga Line.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Deconstructed. Based on how differently his sister acts in the Metaverse, Lelouch arrives to the conclusion that he himself is the main factor stunting Nunnally's growth as a person, perhaps even preserving her psychosomatic blindness. It boils down to abandonment issues. Just like Lelouch can go to insane lengths to protect the only true family he's got left, Nunnally can resort to unhealthy behaviors to need that protection just so to make sure he won't leave her. That is, Nunnally unconsciously makes herself more meek and dependant of Lelouch's care than she really has to be because needing him is the most certain way she has to remain a priority in his brother's life.
  • Blood Oath: After they both failed to live up to their Pinky Swear to not lie to each other, Lelouch and Nunnally make a Blood Oath. This marks the point he maxes up his Confidant rank with her.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Lelouch's public persona in Ashford Academy, much to Shirley's chagrin who's certain he could do so much if he just tried. Post-Palace Shirley is overjoyed when she gets to meet him as the driven and brilliant leader of the Black Knights.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Discussed. From what Cognitive Lelouch says in her Palace, Coach Villetta seems to think that there's more than a sibling relationship between them.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Lelouch barely remembers the incident that caused Shirley to fall in love with him from canon, which is exactly the reason why that's the case.
  • Celibate Hero:
    • Played With. Lelouch may seem borderline Asexual most of the time as in canon, but deep down he's as warm-blooded as the next 17-year-old guy. This comes to the fore of his mind when he carries Personas related to sex and lust such as Incubus, who makes him focus on how attractive Shirley is and how easy it would be to have her if he just let it happen given that she's already head over heels in love with him. Lelouch makes him stop by threatening to execute him in the Velvet Room as soon as possible.
    • Increasingly Downplayed, and then Subverted, as his Defrosting Ice King Character Development goes.
  • Chick Magnet: Let's put it this way: in Chapter 51, when his hot girlfriend and the equally attractive girl who has been crushing on him for a long while talked him into dating the two of them at the same time, Lelouch was genuinely and justifiably concerned that at least other two girls (both of them beautiful Teen Geniuses with huge fortunes to their name, mind you) could try to get in on it and make their Polyamory too complicated to function. The amazing part is that such a Parody-sounding development makes total sense if you know the characters involved and each's complex circumstances leading to it.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: Deconstructed with Lelouch, whose lack of awareness in romantic matters causes more than a few problems. Long story short, he failed to notice that Kallen was falling for him until her sudden (for him) Love Confession. While he knew Shirley had a crush on him, Lelouch greatly underestimated how deeply in love she was with him until his Relationship Upgrade with Kallen pushed her to the brink of forming a Palace. After all this, Lelouch made a conscious effort to be more alert of what his female friends think of him, which wasn't for the best either because it allowed him to figure out Leila was secretly crushing on him but had decided to keep quiet about it in consideration to his relationship with Kallen and the complicate situation with Shirley.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Lelouch as a Persona User is the epitome of the "fight smarter, not harder" maxim. Persona 5 players will recognize many of his tactics — such as exploiting weaknesses, stacking buffs with debuffs, resorting to Standard Status Effects to effectively incapacitate enemies and then going for the extra Technical Damage, favor the fusing of Personas with a high Confidant Rank, and a long etcetera — but he's also pulled off stuff like goading enemies to charge at him for a bullfighting manoeuvre, making a large Mini-Boss eat a grenade, smooth-talking a Shadow into hiring the girls in the team as waitresses and himself as a valet in order to move freely in the Palace (It Makes Sense in Context), and getting The Reaper run over by a speeding train in the Metaverse, which is arguably his best moment so far.
  • Comically Missing the Point: He's such a Clueless Chick Magnet that he doesn't get why Kallen is so opposed to the idea of him attending to the Masquerade Ball as her reformed stepmother's plus-one for the Black Knights' Black-Tie Infiltration until she snaps and spells it out for him.
    Lelouch: I understand that Lady Stadtfeld has been doing her best to be a better stepmother to you since her change of heart, so I think we can get her to agree to the plan if you frame it in that way.
    Kallen: [looking like she wants to strangle him] How oblivious can you be, Lelouch? You're totally her type! She used to always be coming in with men who were younger than her, and you're more handsome than most! (...) If there's anything that will get that cougar back to her old ways, it's going to be you!
  • Corpsing: In-Universe. While Disguised in Drag, Lelouch had to resist the urge to smirk and break character when Bishop subtly but thoroughly insulted the guards of the 5th Palace and their ruler and they didn't even notice.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Downplayed. He didn't like hearing in Chapter 54 just how many guys are interested in Leila Breisgau, but he did nothing about it other than suppressing the irritation he felt at that.
  • Dare to Be Badass: Lelouch has a knack for saying the exact words people need to hear in order to fully awaken to their Personas, as is the case with Kallen, Milly, Leila, Euphemia, and Shirley. Extra Batman Gambit points in Milly's case where he goads the enemy into saying the words that pushed her to make the breakthrough.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Lelouch. Not entirely a good thing because of becoming more emotionally available set the basis of the Deconstruction of the Clueless Chick Magnet trope as seen above.
  • Devoted to You: Both Shirley and Kallen to Lelouch, who loves them back and thus is worried for them about the depths they would sink into for him if he's not careful.
  • Disguised in Drag: Lelouch pulls a Cloud to gain entry to the 5th Palace. The guard in charge even picks him over his attractive teammates and doesn't particularly mind when he tells him he's a guy.
  • Do Well, but Not Perfect: Subverted to a point. As in canon, Lelouch deliberately underplays his intelligence at school in order to avoid attention that could potentially expose him and Nunnally as Noble Fugitives. However, two of his Confidants place great importance in academic performance, so he decides to actually try in the following round of exams in order to raise his standing with them. Despite barely studying and sleep deprivation, he scores within the top ten of his year.
  • Dreaming the Truth:
    • In Chapter 51, Lelouch has a dream where the girls he's interested in have a heated argument over who should marry him. Despite the silliness involved — for example they were driving the "Arthurmobile" through Mementos at the time — his subconscious is proven to be really onto something by the end of the chapter, when his girlfriend and Shirley tell him that they did have a serious heart-to-heart off-screen to clean the air between them and actually start addressing the Elephant in the Living Room that it is their Love Triangle.
    • Interestingly, the above is quite a realistic take on how this trope and Dreaming of Things to Come work: Lelouch is shown beforehand to have noticed the girls were getting along better and they even picked Coordinated Clothes for one of Milly's ideas involving Fanservice Costumes, plus the issue of Shirley remaining head-over-heels in love with him despite everything it went through between the three of them was weighing heavily on their minds, so it makes a lot of sense for his subconscious to connect the dots and forecast the girls talking about it outside the scope of his narration.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Lelouch complain to his "wardens" about their nickname for him as the "Inmate" of the Velvet Room, especially because Sayoko overheard Tsu saying it in his room and now she thinks he's the occasional client of a professional Dominatrix. Tsu insists it's an Appropriated Appellation because she thinks he's really a "prisoner of fate".
  • Entertainingly Wrong: Lelouch mistakes Nunnally/Nemo's Thief Suit for her Shadow Self. A valid theory, but in this case it's more his denial talking than anything else and he's proven wrong moments later.
  • Eureka Moment:
    • Lelouch has an important one in Chapter 47. By putting his empiric knowledge about Palaces and the Metaverse together with Tsu's cryptic reveals and Igor's (deliberately) unhelpful advice and "encouragement", Lelouch is able to put together a remarkably accurate working theory of the true nature of the other world way before putting a foot in the Depths of Mementos. This includes conjecturing the existence of the Treasure of the Public and he even theorizes that stealing it would change the cognition of the collective and perhaps even spark a global revolution against Britannia's oppression. With this endgame in mind, Lelouch decided to increase the people's awareness of the Black Knights in order to unlock more areas of Mementos while keeping his cards very close to his chest from Igor, who he suspects is the ringleader in all this.
    • The next chapter he figures out that the ruins in Kamine Island is the entrance to his father's Palace.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: He ends up Disguised in Drag as part of a Distracted by the Sexy Batman Gambit to trick the 5th Palace's guards into letting them enter. When he reveals himself to the Mini-Boss, the guard barely seem to mind he's a guy.
  • Exact Words: Lelouch isn't exactly lying when he tells to Rolo Haliburton that his father sent him and Nunnally overseas because he couldn't be bothered to take care of them himself after their mother died.
  • Fashion Model: Discussed. Milly considers Lelouch would make much more money as one than by his gambling, but he dismiss the possibility because he last thing he needs is for his face to be posted everywhere.
  • Fatal Attractor: Much like in the series, it's almost a natural law that girls just can't fall for Lelouch in a normal, or at least healthy way.
    • Kallen feels herself "slaved" to him due to her bitter realization of how deep her Undying Loyalty for him actually runs.
    • Shirley's heartbreak from his Relationship Upgrade with Kallen gets so bad that, after her Trauma Conga Line, she ends up forming her own Palace. Worse, the events in it prove that, much like her canon self, Shirley is willing to commit murder in order to protect Lelouch despite being psychologically unequipped for that kind of violence.
    • For the hat trick and due to several circumstances outside either of their control, Lelouch is Leila's first real friend and the only person who could feasibly be a potential Love Interest for her. Problem is, they aren't sure if what she's feeling for him is genuine or just some kind of situational attraction resulting from being unable to be her real self with anyone outside the Black Knights. Either case, the fact she can feel that way despite having witnessed Shirley's situation first-hand is pretty worrying on its own.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: Squared. Lelouch met both Kaguya and Kallen at different times when they were kids, but he and the latter completely forgot about it. Subverted in Kaguya's case when she runs into him during Tanabata and she instantly recognizes him. Also Subverted in Kallen's case, when the student council makes a stop in Izu city and the environment helps her to remember her chance meeting with a young Lelouch and Suzaku.
  • For Want of a Nail: Discussed. Lelouch wonders how his life would have been if his mother had not been murdered eight years ago. He soon arrives to the disturbing conclusion he most likely would have thrived as a royal and Social Darwinist, eventually becoming the next Charles zi Britannia by either succeeding him or overthrowing him after beating him at his own game. Needless to say, Lelouch does not like the "Black Prince" he could have been.
  • Freudian Slip: He's irked at seeing Bishop acting so servile for the sake of a Distracted by the Sexy Batman Gambit in the 5th Palace, remarking "she was far more attractive when she wasn't trying to hide or intelligence or opinions". Then he stops that train of thought right there because he considers he shouldn't be thinking what makes her more or less attractive when he's already in a relationship with someone else.
  • Green-Eyed Epiphany: Played With. By Chapter 44, Lelouch was already well aware he loves Kallen and Shirley, but Jeremiah making him think of them hypothetically together with somewhere else prompts the realization that he would NOT be okay with losing them despite outright admitting that, objectively speaking, their devotion to him is not healthy.
  • Harem Seeker: Lelouch appears to be one in denial. He reciprocates Shirley's feelings, but remains quiet about it because he's not willing to break up with Kallen in order to pursue her. He doesn't want to lead Shirley on, yet in his heart of hearts he strongly disagrees with the idea of her getting together with someone else. Lelouch's narration sometimes toys with the possibility of a One True Threesome, but always veers away from actually considering it because it makes him feel too much like his polygamist Archnemesis Dad. And that's not counting the other girls that are interested in him.
  • Has a Type:
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Both Shirley and Kallen, the Betty and Veronica to Lelouch's Archie, are redheads. It's later confirmed that he does love both, but he's not going back on his decision to date Kallen.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Lelouch understandably looks at himself in a rather negative light considering the unintentional love triangle he instigated between Kallen, Shirley and himself.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: Lelouch normally isn't this. But when he sees Shirley in a cat costume while carrying Incubus in his Persona stock, this is in full effect. In no way helped by Incubus goading him to act on his desires.
  • Implausible Deniability: Lelouch tries to deny his identity while under his Thief Suit, but he's instantly refuted by a) Nunnally stating that she wouldn't mistake her brother's voice for anyone else's, b) Sayoko took orders from "Zero", and c) Alice got the current location in the Metaverse following Lelouch.
  • Incest Subtext: With Nunnally and Euphemia. Why yes, this is a Code Geass fic after all.
  • Insecure Love Interest: While Lelouch is far from an insecure person, this trope gets Played With in interesting ways with each of his Love Interests as an extension of his Byronic Hero and Fatal Attractor status. To sum it up, the key word here is guilt.
    • Kallen: Unlike canon, their Will They or Won't They? eventually ends in They Do as their relationship progressed from colleagues to friends and then to lovers in a seemingly normal way, even though her Love Confession did catch him quite by surprise. Problem is that the dysfunctional nature of their canonical relationship wasn't entirely averted, even outdoing it in the sense that Kallen goes from a Love Martyr to a self-aware example of Property of Love as detailed in her character section below. Lelouch doesn't think himself at all deserving of such devotion, and worries that if something makes him go down on a self-destructive path, he would be signing Kallen up to the same fate because, when push comes to shove, Kallen will follow him regardless consequences. There's a reason why canon Lelouch had to invoke Derailing Love Interests on himself at an Evil Overlord scale in order to push her away, and not even then she stopped loving him.
    • Shirley: Lelouch feels responsible for all the suffering she went through due to her feelings for him, especially after Mao used her to get at him. He also feels guilty for choosing to keep Shirley in his life rather than destroying her Treasure and thus her memories of him when he got the chance, despite Shirley's reassurances that she wouldn't have it any other way. Like Kallen, she's also a Love Martyr and it's all but stated that she would have agreed to be The Mistress had he asked her to, with only the three of them starting a Polyamory making that uncomfortable fact moot.
    • Leila Breisgau: Their growing mutual attraction is something neither of them would have chosen for themselves given his already complicated love life. For his part, Lelouch seems to feel guilty because, objectively speaking, Leila's circumstances by the time he entered her life made it unfairly likely that she would develop romantic feelings for him. To wit, he's her first real friend that appeared when she needed one the most after the death of her parents, one that not only is her intellectual peer, but also a guy who is a very welcome exception from all the others that lusted after her title, money, or just herself. Lelouch may have never tried to take advantage of Leila's vulnerability, but that doesn't mean it didn't happen anyway, albeit unwittingly.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Lelouch still uses "Zero" as his alias, but this time as a reference to the number associated to the Fool Arcana and the Wild Card.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With both his Confidant of the Hanged Man and Tower Arcanas — Jeremiah and Kirihara, respectively.
  • It's Not You, It's My Enemies: Despite knowing Shirley is in love with him, and realizing his own attraction to her, Lelouch is adamant about not entangling her too much with his life for her own safety. Both because he's a prince in hiding, and the leader of the Black Knights. It's not a coincidence that Shirley is the only member of the Student Council that isn't a Confidant at first. This ends up biting him in the ass when, after undergoing a Trauma Conga Line, Shirley gains a Palace of her own due to the distance Lelouch puts between himself and her.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Interestingly Subverted. Lelouch has a Green-Eyed Epiphany moment in Chapter 44 that made him realize that he'd have to twist his own arm in order to let Kallen and Shirley go find a less Destructive Romance for themselves than one with him.
  • Keeping the Enemy Close: Much like the game protagonist with Akechi, Ashford Academy's resident Private Detective Rolo Haliburton is a Confidant. Lelouch tries to be as much a friend as he can despite Living a Double Life, but won't hesitate to put forward valid theories about the Black Knights that subtly steer the P.I. away from the truth.
  • Kleptomaniac Hero: They may call themselves "Knights" unlike the game, but Lelouch has absolutely no compunctions against stealing from Palaces. This is particularly relevant during his solo run in the Battle Arena where he gets by thanks to some healing items that he stole from them.
  • The Leader: As Zero, he leads the Black Knights.
  • Like Father, Like Son: According to Jeremiah Gottwald, Lelouch is a lot more similar to Charles that he cares to admit. He means it as a compliment, but Lelouch doesn't like to get compared to his father at all.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: What Sayoko thinks Lelouch is. Notably, she doesn't hold his alleged perversions and philandering against him at all, which only further annoys him.
  • Love Epiphany: Leila forces Lelouch to realize his feelings for Shirley. Her intent in making him admit it isn't clear, but Lelouch states it doesn't make a difference either way. He already chose Kallen and he's going to honor his promises to her.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: Defied. Lelouch tries to avoid being this once he starts to grow out of his Clueless Chick Magnet status. Seen in the "Birthday Bash" in Chapter 43, where his narration reveals he carefully selected presents that the birthday girls would like while making sure he doesn't give them or his girlfriend the wrong idea about his intentions.
  • Meaningful Name: Zero takes on an added meaning in this story, as it is the numerical designation of the Fool Arcana.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: Discussed in Chapter 54. For people unaware that he's dating both Kallen and Shirley at the same time with their consent, him going out with the latter is something of a problem as everyone in Ashford Academy knows he's dating Kallen.
  • Mistaken for Murderer: When his sister Nunnally discovers that Lelouch is the leader of the Black Knights, she briefly thinks he's murdered Clovis and is about to kill again.
  • Mistaken for Romance:
    • It's a Running Gag where people assume Lelouch and Kallen are in a relationship. This goes on to include the other girls after their Relationship Upgrade.
    • He gets an extreme example of this as Zero, whom the Black Knights' in-universe fandom thinks is dating all of his five attractive teammates at the same time.
  • Mundane Utility:
    • Lelouch once enters the Metaverse just so he can summon a Persona with healing skills and avoid the hassle of walking around with a black eye.
    • He also uses areas of the Metaverse with little to no distortions to have completely private discussions with people.
  • Nosebleed: When under Incubus' influence at seeing Shirley in a Cat Girl costume. Milly tries to tease him for it, but Kallen unwittingly diverts the room's attention elsewhere.
  • Not So Above It All: Lelouch's usually a Celibate Hero, but he's got his limits. One time Shirley in a somewhat revealing Cat Girl costume gives him a Nosebleed while she's very close to him while doing his make-up for a cat-themed party (Milly's idea), and another time he can't help but ogle in total silence at Shadow Shirley coyly posing for him almost in the nude. And later as the group attempt to infiltrate the 5th Palace as exotic dancers (Lelouch included) he couldn't help but ogle the girls in their sexy outfits.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity:
    • Once Lelouch becomes convinced that Igor is not to be trusted, he decides to play the fool he's being taken for. Not to the point of incompetence, though, just lulling Igor into thinking he's a better deceiver than he actually is.
      Tsu: So in other words, you choose to act like a spoiled brat who thinks he's smarter than everyone else because he has daddy issues.
      Lelouch: [smirks] Isn't that the same as being a normal teenager?
    • Chapter 54 confirms that Lelouch thinks he figured out who the Black Mask is, but warns his sister Nunnally how important is to keep pretending they don't suspect a thing until the moment they're ready to strike back at both the Black Mask and his employers.
  • Oblivious to Love:
    • As in canon, Lelouch has a huge blind spot when it comes to girls interested in him. Kallen/Queen's Love Confession caught him completely off-guard, and while she was aware that Shirley likes him, it took him until visiting her Palace to actually realize just how deep her feelings for him really run.
    • Lelouch can, however, learn from his mistakes... with mixed results. For example, he is able to correctly realize Leila is hiding something of a crush on him, but he also seems to naively think that's only because he's, in a way, her Only Friend and that helping her to spend more time with their other friends will be enough to steer her feelings away from that direction.
  • Oh, Crap!: Lelouch's reaction in the first chronological chapter when Shadow Villetta reveals that her real self in a Britannian spy.
  • The One Guy:
    • Other than Arthur, Lelouch is the only guy in the Black Knights. Given that many characters already think he's The Casanova, team gatherings out of costume after every new addition to the party make it look like he's building a harem.
    • In a bit of meta-humor, readers have noted that, with most of La Résistance out of the picture, few male characters in the story have the motivation to rebel against authority, whereas many girls have strong reasons to do so. This means that the male-to-female ratio in the party has better chances of getting even more skewed rather than less. This comes true after the fourth Palace, with a team consisting of one guy, five girls, and a talking cat.
    • The lack of guys comes to bite Lelouch and Arthur in the ass during the Boss Fight against Azazel. Clovis has such a high opinion of how attractive he is to the opposite sex that his Shadow has the power to Charm female party members and make Kallen, Milly, and Leila fight for him.
  • Only Friend: Lelouch realized that, as sad as it sounds, he's Bishop's only actual friend. On top of being too smart for most people her age and wearing the mask of an aristocrat and a socialite in public, Leila and her family's secret anti-monarchical sentiments made it so she was to hide her real self from pretty much everybody outside her parents who were killed right before her introduction to the story. Once he did figure it out, however, Lelouch took action to improve her bonds to the rest of the team and not just to him. He also seems to think Leila is falling for him because he sorely lacks any other person in her life she can consider a potential romantic partner despite the fact she very well aware he's at the center of a complicated type 7 Triang Relation.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
  • Paid Harem: Some people In-Universe think Zero is living up to this villain stereotype after seeing his proclamation video in Chapter 49, one featuring him as the leader of the Black Knights and sole male in a team with five attractive young women. The opinions seem divided between the ones who think Zero is using his brainwashing powers to make them follow him, and the ones who think All Girls Want Bad Boys and that a charismatic Visionary Villain like him wouldn't have trouble attracting Dark Action Girls to himself.
  • Pinch Me: Lelouch pinches himself to make sure he isn't dreaming the closing scene of Chapter 51. Understandable considering that Kallen and Shirley just told him he can date two of them at the same time if he wants to.
  • Pinky Swear: Lelouch and Nunnally swear not to lie to each other like this as in the series. Given that both break their promise almost in the same manner, they prick each other's pinkies with needles in lieu of the thousand ones they were supposed to swallow according to the Japanese version of the oath, and replace their failed Pinky Swear with a Blood Oath.
  • The Power of Friendship: The Confidant system turns this into very literal power for Lelouch's Personas. Deconstructed by a very particular version of the Hedgehog's Dilemma: The closer Lelouch gets to people, the easier it becomes for a Byronic Hero like him to get them hurt in one way or another. But keeping his distance from people isn't really an option because it would make him weaker in the Metaverse, which could get him and his teammates killed, on top of the consequences of failing to complete their missions.
  • Properly Paranoid:
    • Lelouch fused a Persona with the "Resist Charm/Brainwash" passive skill because he correctly suspected the Ruler of a Palace themed after the Deadly Sin of Lust would have a gimmick based on it.
    • He also expected that the same Shadow would go the extra mile to harm his teammates due to Shadow Shirley's insane jealousy of his female friends so he sacrificed a Treasure Demon to unlock a party-wide defense buff ahead of time. This time, though, Shadow Shirley out-prepared him and had the Dekaja spell at her disposal.
    • He's concerned the team didn't see Mao/Medjed actually die in Shirley Fenette's Palace. It takes Lelouch like a week to stop waiting for said enemy to make a comeback. And sure enough, a worse-for-wear Mao does return as soon as he can and kidnaps Nunnally like in the series.
    • In Chapter 39, Nunnally introduces her new friend to Lelouch, a twin-tailed blonde New Transfer Student and classmate of hers in Ashford Academy Middle School Division. He immediately becomes suspicious of her. And with good reason, as Alice is a wanted Code-R escapee and partially responsible for getting Nunnally involved with the Metaverse.
    • His paranoia pays off the next chapter. Lelouch has Alice's background checked and finds out she doesn't legally exist. Jeremiah manages to track her down to the fire that killed her younger sister and allegedly Alice herself, and the two of them suspect that she's either a Dead Person Impersonator, or she or someone else is professionally Faking the Dead in her case. The following chapter confirms it's the latter.
  • Publicly Discussing the Secret: Defied by the very security-conscious Lelouch. He always tries to have conversation related to the Black Knights in the Metaverse where they can't be overheard by normal people, and even made a point of acquiring top-of-the-line encryption technology for his phone through his contacts with Jeremiah and Kirihara just to make sure the phone calls between teammates won't be tapped or tracked.
  • Real Dreams Are Weirder: As a Running Gag. When Lelouch isn't entering the Velvet Room in his dreams, he's having one of these. For example, one of his dreams involves Sayoko setting him up on 108 dates, others involve the Team Pet demanding that he should go to sleep or suddenly becoming human and asking the other cat-themed team member out. The strangest by far has Suzaku declare he's going to pleasure himself with a fish.
  • Relationship Upgrade: With Kallen/Queen during her Rank Max Confidant event in Chapter 28.
  • Rookie Red Ranger: Lelouch when he teams up with Arthur and Kallen at the beginning of the story, who quickly realize that while Kallen is the most powerful Persona User of the three, Lelouch is the one with the head for tactics and infiltration.
  • Selective Obliviousness: Lelouch's narration shows that he pointedly refuses to believe the girl in front of him in Chapter 41 is Nunnally in a Thief Suit. It takes him perhaps a minute to finally accept the reality of the situation.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: It's almost a Running Gag that Lelouch and Kallen have to explain that no, they aren't an item. That is, until they become one.
  • Shipper on Deck: Not Lelouch himself, but his Personas tend to be this about him and the Confidant matching their Arcanas. This is especially true for Mermaid who's a shameless Lelouch×Shirley supporter, but even Isis won't let him forget Leila is also interested in him.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: With Incubus, one of his Personas, for a short while who embodied his usually well-suppressed libido and encouraged to take advantage of Shirley's massive crush on him that way. Lelouch fused him away for that very reason.
  • Small Steps Hero:
  • Think Unsexy Thoughts:
    • In the Beach Episode, Lelouch makes sure to apply suntan lotion to the girls' backs as quickly and to the point as possible "to avoid any accusations of behaving in an untoward manner".
    • Again in Chapter 50, when he notices how attractive the girls are dressed as dancers for a Distracted by the Sexy Batman Gambit in the 5th Palace.
  • You Do NOT Want To Know: He says this to himself in Chapter 54 when a blushing Nunnally asks him if he really want to know what it gets said between her and her Shadow Self. Especially because she could ask him back what his Personas talk to him about, which would include Lilim giving him an Erotic Dream and that's NOT a conversation he wants to have with his little sister.
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame:
    • Sayoko is way too understanding of each and all the perversions that Lelouch doesn't have. It's not certain whether she really thinks her master is a very kinky womanizer and she's fine with it, or she just really likes to mess with his head by making him believe she isn't buying a word he says when he tries to explain her otherwise. Amusingly enough, the former seems to be the correct interpretation.
    • Similarly, Jeremiah Gottwald sees Lelouch's Chick Magnet status as a natural consequence of his mother's charisma and his father's... prowess. He means it as a compliment, but for Lelouch getting compared to his Archnemesis Dad in any context feels like a slap in the face.
    • During the Accidental Pervert moment in the Hot Springs Episode, Lelouch doesn't miss how Sayoko looks faintly amused rather than outraged like the rest of the girls.

    Founding Members 

Kallen Stadfelt/Kallen Kouzuki/Queen

Arcana: VII. The Chariot
Persona: Suzuka Gozen, Guren Jigoku
The Ace of the Black Knights.
  • The Ace: She's the tip of the team's spear just like in canon. Her Persona is the strongest stat-wise, and its skillset is geared for dishing out lots of damage and tanking just as much, but it comes at cost of lacking versatility.
  • Ace Custom: Kallen, naturally, has her Cognitive Burai painted all red.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Often because of Lelouch. For example, when he goes to check the security level of the fourth Palace alone, or after the events of Chapter 41:
    Kallen: I swear, Zero if you keep going off by yourself like that, I'm so going to murder you myself to save our enemies the trouble!
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: Kallen's Persona (and personality for that matter) is geared for this. Tough and possessing strong physical and nuke-type attacks, however, she lacks healing spells or any support skills other than an attack buff.
  • Battle Couple: With Lelouch/Zero after the Relationship Upgrade.
  • Betty and Veronica: Played With a bit because Kallen pretends to be a shy Ill Girl at school, making her look like the "Betty" to Shirley's "Veronica", but the opposite is closer to the truth.
  • The Big Guy: Her role in the team. Her Persona is tough and hits hard, but lacks any support skills other than an attack buff. Lelouch and Arthur estimate that she could easily take the two of them on at once, despite not having an elemental advantage against either of them, at least until the former gets a real handle on the power of the Wild Card. Later on her Persona evolves into a more powerful form that makes Kallen even more of The Big Guy of the team.
  • Bodyguard Babes: Self-Invoked. Kallen is fiercely protective of Zero in battle under the excuse his role as The Leader/The Strategist and his versatile Wild Card powers make him less expendable than her, but the Violently Protective Girlfriend trope seems like a more likely explanation. It says a lot that later on she implicitly shares the position with Shirley.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl:
    • About Lelouch, but she will deny it if asked. She becomes quite territorial after their Relationship Upgrade, but considering that he's a Clueless Chick Magnet and the fact that most of his female acquaintances are into him to a greater or lesser extent, her jealousy is not unjustified.
    • Also Invoked by Tsu, who enjoys provoking Kallen with Exact Words about her (actually platonic) relationship with Lelouch just to get a reaction out of the Fiery Redheaded Tsundere.
    • Shadow Shirley is a constant strain on Kallen's nerves because she has no hesitation whatsoever in acting on her attraction to Lelouch, up to and including presenting herself all but naked in front of him. Shirley's Palace in itself drains Kallen's small pool of self-control dry, which also makes her disgusted with herself for reacting like a violent Clingy Jealous Girl would.
    • Kallen also complains when Shirley speaks without thinking and says Lelouch should apply suntan lotion to all the girls during the Beach Episode.
  • Composite Character: Relative to Persona 5, although mostly gameplay-wise. Kallen combines Ryuji's Arcana and skillset, but with Makoto's elemental type, anger issues, and her Persona looks quite mechanical compared to the rest.
  • The Conscience: Lelouch admits to Kallen that he counts on her the most in the team to stand up to him if he ever loses his way and "becomes the very thing he set out to oppose". Immediately subverted by her, who recently reached the twisted epiphany of knowing herself willing to walk right beside him even if she knows he's leading them to hell itself and implying that he needs to be his own conscience if he doesn't want that to happen.
  • Dark Mistress: Discussed. The events of the 4th Palace taught Kallen the Awful Truth that if Lelouch ever breaks bad, she is going to be right by his side every step of the way down to hell, no ifs or buts about it. It says a lot that Kallen thinks her best chance to Defy this is warning Lelouch she's a Love Martyr because in her heart of hearts she knows she's never going to willingly leave him.
  • Deus Sex Machina: Discussed for laughs. After seeing Kallen's evolved Persona, Milly teasingly asks her if she unlocked that sort of power by having sex with Lelouch. This is actually sort of Inverted. Kallen's Second Awakening actually took place right before Their First Time, implying that the sense of self-realization she got from it is the reason why she felt confident enough to proposition her boyfriend for the first time.
  • Experienced Protagonist: Has been to the Metaverse before, but doesn't manage to awaken her Persona before meeting Lelouch much like Haru in the game.
  • Fantastic Racism: Despite spending plenty of time with the rest of the Black Knights, Kallen still hasn't quite got over her own issues with Britannians, and is rather cold toward Euphie when the later ends up tagging along with them into the Black King's Palace. The rest of the Knights call her out on this.
  • Fiery Redhead: It's Kallen, what'd you expect?
  • Finishing Each Other's Sentences: With Shirley/Dame of all people, due to how they tend to get angry at the same thing. Namely, Lelouch stirring up their Violently Protective Girlfriend side. Lampshaded, of course.
    Lelia: A merging of opposites into a new and harmonious whole.
  • First Girl After All: It turns out she and Lelouch had a Meet Cute as kids and completely forgot about it. Once they realize this, they resolve to not let their friends find out because they would never hear the end of it. It's Played With a bit in that Kallen is the first female to join the party, meaning she already had a good claim to the title of "the first girl", but Lelouch already was friends with Milly and Shirley.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: She and Lelouch meet as kids and forgot about it according to the (untranslated) Red Tracks light novel. Unlike canon where they never realized this, the Student Council's summer trip incidentally refreshes Kallen's memories when the gang makes a stop in Izu.
  • Friendly Rivalry: With Shirley, after they work out some of their issues resulting from their Love Triangle with Lelouch.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Kallen qualifies the Technical Damage from Psi attacks on a charmed Shadow as "brutal". She gets immediately called out on it because her trademark fighting style based on hitting and then blasting nuke-type attacks on a Shadow at point-blank isn't in any way gentler.
  • I'm Standing Right Here: Her reaction when Rivalz clues him in on a pretty girl apparently checking him out. The girl is Tsu, one of his Wardens from the Velvet Room, and Lelouch silently snarks she's more like glowering at him instead.
  • Internal Reveal: She learns Lelouch is a prince in Chapter 16. She's told about the Velvet Room in Chapter 47.
  • Like Mother, Like Daughter: Kallen realizes that she has even less of a reason to criticize her mother's life choices given that she also ends up falling in love with a Britannian noble — a prince, on top of that. Chapter 39 takes a dark spin on it, with Kallen pretty much claiming that both she and her mother are easily enslaved by their love regardless if they become bad people, just as long as they can by their loved ones' side. She even darkly jokes that given how her mother became her ex-husband's literal servant, paychecks and all, calling herself Lelouch's "slave" just seemed fitting.
  • Living a Double Life: She has to put on an act of being sickly at school, in contrast to her significantly more daring true self.
  • Love Martyr: Kallen bitterly realizes that she herself is one after recognizing too much of herself in Shadow Shirley. She even proceeds to prove it by rejecting Lelouch's offer to giving themselves some time apart or even breaking up despite knowing that the fact he reciprocates Shirley's feelings is bound to make things painful for her once the other girl joins the team, if not outright leading to a Destructive Romance.
  • Mistaken for Romance: It's a Running Gag where people assume Lelouch and Kallen are in a relationship. That is until they do get together in Chapter 28.
  • Not So Above It All: When the girls (and Lelouch) have to disguise in Fanservicey dancer outfits, Kallen is less than amused. However, when she notices the looks Lelouch is giving her in her costume, she tries (and fails) to fight down a triumphant smirk.
  • Not So Different:
    • Kallen gets called out by her stepmother's Shadow, who says that the way Kallen treats her mother is not much better than her own treatment.
    • Kallen realizes this about her and Shirley when it comes to Lelouch. Kallen initially just wanted to liberate Japan from Britannia and had nothing outside of that. In comes Lelouch and all of a sudden when Kallen falls for him he becomes her entire world just like Shirley, not even the liberation of the country or avenging her brother mattered to her as much as being by Lelouch's side.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Increasingly Subverted. The more members of the Student Council get to know Kallen's real personality, the harder is for her to keep her Ill Girl Ojou act around the rest.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: A major fear of hers, especially after realizing how much she takes after her mother who never really moved on after her husband abandoned her. It"s hinted that one of the reasons why Kallen agreed to share Lelouch with Shirley is because the constant fear of him leaving her for Shirley, who undoubtedly would have accepted him in a heartbeat, was really getting to her.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: Downplayed with Kallen, whose hairstyle changes to her iconic spiky look when her Thief Suit materializes itself.
  • The Power of Love: Deconstructed. At the beginning of the story, Kallen had secretly decided to die a death worthy of her brother's fighting Britannia despite knowing how little she was likely to accomplish for the cause until then. Lelouch providing her with an actual way to change society and her own ever-growing romantic feelings for him pulls her out of that self-destructive path. Months later, however, Shirley's Palace incidentally shows her the Awful Truth of how exactly this happened. Unbeknownst to Kallen, her love for Lelouch slowly but surely upends her priorities in life. That is, while her drive to free Japan from Britannian rule and avenge her brother are still there, they became secondary to her desire to remain by his side, now understood within the context of her relationship with him rather than directing her decisions like before. Worse, Kallen recognizes much of herself in Shadow Shirley, making her realize that if she's ever given a Sadistic Choice between Japan and Lelouch, she is going to pick him. This is actually very similar to her canonical self's Character Development, but lacking a Lelouch with a Guilt Complex willing to Break Her Heart to Save Her from his own self-destructive path, Kallen has little choice but to follow him anywhere regardless of consequences and she knows it.
  • Property of Love: In a bittersweet, self-aware example. She realizes thanks to Shadow Shirley that her love for Lelouch makes her feel "no better than a slave to him" in this manner, which is a damn bitter pill to swallow for both herself and him. His first reaction after realizing she's serious about this is giving her an amiable (if privately reluctant) out of their relationship, which prompts Kallen to pretty much say he's missing the point: she's not going to leave him even in cases where she knows for a fact doing so is objectively better for her.
  • Really Moves Around: Played for Drama in Kallen's backstory. In the time leading to and after the invasion of Japan, the widespread hate against everything Britannian made Kallen's mother the target of public scorn and Slut-Shaming just because she had a daughter with a Britannian man, something that Kallen's foreign looks made all too obvious, prompting them and Naoto to constantly move out.
  • Ship Tease: To a higher degree than in canon with Lelouch — amongst other things, he is there to comfort her after she has to take her mother to the hospital to save her from a refrain overdose. Taken Up to Eleven in Chapter 28, where she gives him a Love Confession and is implied to have had sex with him.
  • That Came Out Wrong: When Lelouch visits the Stadtfeld Manor instead of Milly, Kallen opts for receiving him in her room for privacy. Only after the words have left her mouth does she realize how that sounded.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: To Lelouch, although she would complain He Is Not My Boyfriend if asked. At least until their Relationship Upgrade in Chapter 28.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Lelouch calls out Kallen for letting her home situation fester for no good reason other than Pride. He also points out the Hypocrisy in allowing her birth mother-turned-servant to be maligned and abused by her stepmother, even belittling her herself, despite normally condemning any kind of discrimination against Japanese people.
  • Wild Card Excuse: Kallen excuses her displays of martial skill in her Ill Girl Ojou public persona as a result of an adrenaline rush. Played With in that it gets less and less convincing as time goes.

Arthur/Tama

Arcana: I. The Magician
Persona: Master Cat

  • Ascended Extra: He gets one the best upgrades in the story, going from the student council's mascot in canon to this continuity equivalent of Morgana.
  • Cuteness Proximity: The cause of it for Nunnally and her friends.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: He wanted a better Code Name than "Tama" — a generic name for a cat in Japanese.
  • From Stray to Pet: Naoto used to give him food when he was a stray and one day he followed him into the Metaverse, which turned him into an Uplifted Animal. Then Kallen took care of him after her brother's passing, but nowadays Arthur mostly hangs out around the Clubhouse.
  • Mentor Mascot: Discussed. In Chapter 54, Nunnally/Nemo compares him to a Magical Girl's Mentor Mascot and comments the two of them would have played the genre completely straight had he partner up with her instead of Lelouch.
  • The Reliable One: Level-headed on the job and enemies tend to ignore him until too late, which allows him to shift from support to offensive and back unencumbered.
  • Street Smart: Comes with the territory as a former stray cat.
  • Uplifted Animal: Arthur's backstory. He was originally a stray cat who Naoto fed; eventually, he accidentally followed him into the Metaverse and gained the ability to use the power of Persona.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Lelouch reassures Tama that being a cat is an asset for the team rather than the liability the latter thinks that it is. After all, he can easily spy on people without raising any suspicion even when spotted, and many a Shadow has made the mistake losing sight of him until he hits them when they're least expecting it.

Milly Ashford/Diamond

Arcana: X. Wheel of Fortune
Persona: Medea

  • Absurdly Powerful Student Council: Subverted. In this story, Milly can't get away with nearly as much stuff as her canonical self due to Coach Villetta and the SSDF. Things go slowly back to normal after they are defeated.
  • Adaptational Badass: She ends up becoming a member of the Phantom Thieves in this universe, with her combat role being comparable to Ann/Panther.
  • Ambiguously Bi:
    • Milly is a bit too skilled at seducing the Cognition of a girl who the Palace's Ruler believes has a crush on the blonde.
    • When Kallen complains about potential Outdoor Bath Peeping in the Hot Springs Episode, Leila gives Milly a sidelong glance and quips she "wouldn't worry so much about peeping Toms." Milly immediately objects the remark.
  • Ascended Extra: Milly gets for once involved in the main plot of story since as early as the first Palace and on.
  • Batman Gambit: Deserves kudos for being able to pull one on Lelouch of all people, even though it was in a relatively minor matter. In Chapter 51, she assigns the same task to Kallen, Shirley, and Lelouch because she knows that the two redheads wanted to talk something important with him, and then she simply listened in from the other side of the door and waited for it to happen. She soon hits the jackpot when the girls propose a threesome to Lelouch's cautious agreement. He then tries to keep the whole thing under wraps for the moment to avoid complications, but she takes that as her cue to announce herself to them.
  • Composite Character: Relative to Persona 5. Milly incidentally combines Makoto's position as the Student Council President, Haru's Arranged Marriage problems, and Ann's role as the resident Heroic Seductress (although not nearly as unwillingly).
  • Damned by Faint Praise: Dame low-key disses Diamond's Thief Suit — basically Playboy Bunny outfit with a cat theme instead — when the latter tries to hype it as "just the sort of thing a classy cat burglar would wear in a movie."
  • Deadly Prank: Downplayed. In the Hot Springs Episode, Milly orchestrates an Accidental Pervert moment by setting up the guys to get walked in by the girls. Being the Shameless Fanservice Girl that she is, Milly was only aiming for a funny off-color anecdote to look back at fondly in the future, but the other girls don't find it funny at all and the whole thing almost comes down to blows until she confesses.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: She's popular with both guys, as it's so obviously the case with Rivalz, and girls according to Shirley's suspicions that her dormmate Sophie Wood may have a crush on the Student Council President. Regardless of whether Shirley actually had it right about the latter or not, her Cognition of Sophie in her Palace definitively is into Milly, something the Black Knights take advantage of to make the Cognition open the door of their shared dorm room in Shirley's Palace.
  • Exact Eavesdropping: Invoked via Batman Gambit. Milly assigns Kallen, Shirley, and Lelouch to the same task for the student council because she knew that the girls wanted to talk about something important with him, and then she just waited in hiding until it happened.
  • Flaw Exploitation: Self-Invoked. Everybody in the student council knows how random their president's proposed activities are, so no one bats an eye when she suggests a Scavenger Hunt for them to play in pairs during the Camping Episode. In reality, this is just a ruse to team up the members of the council that aren't in the Black Knights together and keep them busy while the rest sneaks into the Metaverse unnoticed.
  • Genre Savvy: Milly assumes that there should be something hidden in the library of Villetta's Palace because that's just how things go in stories about castles or large mansions. Probably because the Metaverse runs on people's cognitions, she's proven right when they unlock a Bookcase Passage.
  • Heroic Seductress: She only has the looks and personality for it, but her Persona knows the Marin Karin skill too.
  • Large Ham: To a point, all Persona users are this in the Metaverse, but Milly really takes the cake, like when she pulls a Dominatrix act to match her Persona learning the Marin Karin spell.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Milly gets a lot more chances to indulge in her trademark Dirty Old Man's humor in the Metaverse.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: Diamond's thief suit leaves little to the imagination and she rolls with it with gusto.
  • Spy Catsuit: Milly's thief suit is a more Stripperiffic version of this, with emphasis on "Cat".
  • The Tease: Milly is an even worse case than in canon who takes full advantage of her Stripperiffic thief suit. Milly starts to get disapproving looks to outright glares from Kallen and Shirley for teasing Lelouch after the point the redheads sorted out their feelings for him.
  • You Didn't Ask: Milly is an unintentional example. Nunnally asked her to pull some strings to get Alice a place in Ashford Academy, but Milly never commented on it to Lelouch because she assumed he already knew.

    Later Members (Spoilers) 

Leila Breisgau/Bishop

Arcana: II. The Priestess
Persona: Joan of Arc

  • Adaptational Backstory Change: In canon, Leila's family defect from Britannia to Europia United, and eventually severed ties with Britannia altogether. Here, while they still changed sides, they elected to stay in Britannia to be moles for the E.U., at least until they were caught and killed by the Black Mask on Clovis' orders. It's implied that they somehow came across information about Britannia's Cognitive Psience research and considered keeping tabs on it more important than their plans to defect. It's unknown if this has anything to do with Leila's potential as a Persona User or her having access to the Metanav.
  • Anchored Ship: With Lelouch. She accidentally reveals her feelings when she doesn't correct her butler when he calls him her boyfriend. Lelouch, unusually oversensitive to this kind of things after the debacle with Shirley's Palace, immediately asks Leila point-blank if she is romantically interested in him. Her blush and pained tone of voice give her away, so Leila instead assures him that she has no intention of getting in the way of his relationship with Kallen, or making the issues with Shirley more complicated. This counts more as an example of Anchored Ship rather than Ship Sinking because — either due to his romantic inexperience, subconscious attraction, or to spare her an open rejection — Lelouch neglects to properly turn Leila down and instead just accepts her Better as Friends offer.
  • Benevolent Boss: Deconstructed. Her parents aimed to be this as much as they could to their Japanese employees while running their several businesses in Area 11, but they had to be careful to not look as "Eleven" sympathizers to the rest of the nobility. Leila wants to continue where they left off, but just keeping other board members from undoing her parents' efforts is the best she can do for now.
  • Better as Friends: Leila suggests this after Lelouch figures out she was crushing on him in Chapter 40. Given their mutual attraction, it's left to be seen how long they'll be able to keep it up.
  • Big Fancy House: The Breisgau Manor is basically a small castle modeled after the Breisgau Family's ancestral home in the eponymous region of real-world Germany — Castle Weisswolf. This is actually an Invoked Trope, as the façade of opulence and extravagant spending helped the Breisgaus to achieve their actual goals.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Justified. She has very good reasons to not let Lelouch know she was romantically interested in him, starting by the fact she's very well aware he's dating someone else and at the center of a type 7 Triang Relation with Kallen and Shirley. Subverted when the Clueless Chick Magnet tried to be less Oblivious to Love and ended up giving her an Armor-Piercing Question that prompted to admit to her feelings for him, which of course made everything more complicated.
  • Canon Immigrant: Leila Malcal, who debuted in the movie Spin-Off/Interquel Code Geass: Akito the Exiled, is an important character here. Although she goes by her birth name, Leila Breisgau because her parents didn't openly defect to the EU in this continuity and thus she was never adopted by the Malcal family.
  • Composite Character: Relative to Persona 5. She has Ann's problems as the target of the unwanted attention of an older man she can't openly reject due to external factors, joins the team seeking to avenge her parents' not-so-accidental death similarly to Futaba, suddenly becomes a majority stockholder of a seizable corporation by inheritance despite being still in high school like Haru, and she's the book-smart girl of the group, de facto Number Two, and likes Cool Bikes just like Makoto
  • Conspicuous Consumption: Leila's parents resorted to this to better fit in with the rest of Britannian nobility in order to facilitate their activities as spies for the EU. For example, the family estate is a Big Fancy House that it's more like a small castle than a big mansion, including a Cool Garage hosting her father's car collection. Leila herself follows in his footsteps by owning a high-end Cool Bike that she mostly uses as stress relief.
  • Cool Bike: Hers looks like a motorcycle manufacturer tried to build Shotaro Kaneda's bike with KMF technology, including state-of-the-art steering and balance systems to make it possible for normal people to tame a beast like that. Leila rides it as stress relief and Lelouch guesses the Kallen would love riding on it too as it's even painted in red.
  • Cool Garage: Her Big Fancy House includes one hosting her father's car collection.
  • Cunning Linguist: She's a Britannian and French native speaker, fluent in German and Japanese, conversationally fluent in Mandarin, and knows Latin, some Greek, and how to read a bit in odd languages like ancient Hebrew from her personal studies.
  • Dumb Blonde: Inverted. She's blonde and by far the most brainy girl in the Black Knights.
  • Everything Sounds Sexier in French:
    • Discussed. Bishop can talk in a very convincing French accent because her parents were fully bilingual and raised her to be so as well. Diamond naturally clues her in on this trope right away.
      Diamond: Say, [Bishop]. I bet if you sprinkled some French or even just the accent into your everyday speech, the guys would be all over you! Of course, Queen and our newest member might not like it if you started putting the moves on our leader.
    • Invoked in Chapter 50. She deliberately plays up her accent as part of a larger Distracted by the Sexy plan to gain access to the 5th Palace.
    • Lelouch, in particular, thinks so, or at least his subconscious and Lilim do base on the Erotic Dream his Persona gives him in Chapter 51.
  • Fangirl: Cognitive Leila Breisgau in Clovis' Palace. Queen makes a point of destroying the double at the start of the Boss Fight simply because the sycophant annoyed her that much.
  • Femme Fatale: Downplayed. Leila allowed Prince Clovis to think she was interested in him because she (correctly) suspected he ordered her parents' murder and needed to be close to him to have a chance of proving it, but she didn't play the seductress role to get it done.
  • Genre Savvy: Lelouch finds her knowledge of mysticism and other esoterica useful for the team's supernatural adventures, especially because he never learned much on the subject himself as he deemed it irrelevant to his goals before becoming a Persona user. With her help, Lelouch even discovers the name of a certain important figure in Gnosticism way ahead Persona 5 canonical events.
  • Hot Gypsy Woman: Her Thief Suit's motif. She goes for a more Fanservicey version of it as a Distracted by the Sexy infiltration plan in the 5th Palace.
  • I Don't Want to Ruin Our Friendship:
    • On top of his already complicated romantic situation, Leila decided to keep quiet about her feelings for Lelouch because he's her first real friend (and in many ways, only) and she understandably did NOT want risk losing him in that capacity. That plan goes down the drain in Chapter 40 when he picks up on an odd choice of words that gives her away, so they instead take the That Didn't Happen route with... mixed results.
    • Played With later on. Leila thought Lelouch was avoiding to meet her in private afterwards, due to a gap of several weeks between their regular chess matches. She's obviously relieved when it turns out this was just a series of sudden developments, both mundane and not, keeping him too busy to spend time with most of his other Confidants until Chapter 51.
  • Innocently Insensitive:
    • Bishop is insightful and means well, but her upbringing, family secrets and the Intelligence = Isolation trope kept her from making actual friends before the Black Knights and so she lacks the people skills to predict how her attempts to help them can have unwanted side effects.
    • Bishop has been on the other end of this trope too. Diamond jokes that Bishop should be careful of not using her sexy French accent on their leader, lest she makes Shirley and his girlfriend jealous. Milly doesn't know that Leila both likes Lelouch and regrets arriving in his life too late to have a real chance with him.
  • Intelligence = Isolation: Discussed. Lelouch thinks Bishop's intelligence "undoubtedly had an isolating effect among her peers".
  • Irony: There's something to be said about the world treating Leila Breisgau as the de facto widow of Prince Clovis when in fact she only allowed him to court her because she needed to be close to him in order to prove he ordered her parents' murder.
  • Jeanne d'Archétype: Leila as in canon. Even more literal here given that her Persona is Joan of Arc herself.
  • Keeping Secrets Sucks: Leila Breisgau is the complicit daughter of her spies parents, who worked as moles in the Britannian nobility for the EU, which kept her from forming meaningful relationships with anyone out of fear of getting outed as traitors and likely executed. She finds her first real friends in the Black Knights, especially Lelouch who has the most in common with her.
  • Keeping the Enemy Close: The only reason she allowed Prince Clovis and the rest of the world to believe she was interested in him romantically is because she knew of his involvement in her parents' death and needed to be close to him in order to prove it.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Bishop treats Arthur the best among the Black Knights. It's later revealed that she owns a cat named Eliza prior to meeting Arthur.
  • Lethal Chef: Leila has the dubious honor of helping cooking up the fic's incarnation of Mystery Food X during the Kamine Island beach trip. Lloyd decides to take a bite and ends up puking it out into the ocean. Afterwards, Cecile is implied to also be a horrible cook when she offers to make something for Lloyd, who promptly states that one culinary near-death experience is enough for him.
  • Ma'am Shock: Happens to her, but not for the usual reasons. After the death of her parents, Leila gains substantive peerage under the title of Countess. This causes her some discomfort in formal situations like Clovis' state funeral in Chapter 22, because in her mind "Lady Breisgau" still refers to her late mother.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: How her parents are killed.
  • Meal Ticket: Discussed. Leila is well-aware that she makes for a Gold Digger's wet dream: a young and recently orphaned Countess with a substantive title and a large fortune to her name and drop-dead gorgeous to boot. She preserves the illusion that she's still in mourning for Prince Clovis to keep potential "suitors" from approaching her for the time being.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: Diethard thinks she has been cheating on Prince Clovis with Lelouch, but doesn't try to make it public because he considers it trite tabloid drivel and instead sees in Lelouch a good secret source to both the young Countess and to the school where the Black Knights made their debut, which is his real interest. Lelouch decides against setting the record straight because Diethard is a bit too perceptive for his tastes and serving as his informant allows him to keep an eye on the journalist.
  • Morton's Fork: Leila is either a perfect Trophy Wife for men of equal of superior social standing, or the perfect Meal Ticket for those who are not. Either case, she has to keep pretending to be "in mourning" for Prince Clovis, especially to avoid being seen alone with Lelouch in public, because suitors and Gold Diggers won't leave her alone if they thing she's on the market again.
  • Nerds Are Sexy: Discussed. Lelouch considers that Leila's intelligence is one of her most attractive qualities and privately dislikes it when she has to hide it. Clovis is the opposite, who is fascinated by her good looks and his Palace shows he would rather her be a Brainless Beauty.
  • New Transfer Student:
    • Discussed in Chapter 40. Lelouch gives Leila the idea of transferring to Ashford Academy, including how to Invoke this trope and her inclusion into the Student Council without making it too suspicious.
    • Although her transference wouldn't be confirmed until Chapter 51, Milly tells the rest of the student council in Chapter 46 that Leila is a potential transferee as an excuse to justify inviting her to their summer trip.
  • Number Two: She's the Black Knights' de facto second-in-command.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: The Breisgaus play an Upper-Class Twit variation. They secretly held anti-monarchical sentiments despite being part of the Britannian nobility and showed their real political colors in subtle ways. For example, the garden of their manor in Area 11 is lined with native Japanese plans that have symbolic meanings for someone more familiar with Japanese culture than your typical noble. Like cherry trees, wisteriasnote , and hydrangeasnote . Their daughter Leila has the airy line "because they grow well here, and they're pretty" rehearsed down to the tone for the occasional time's someone does ask about them.
  • The One Thing I Don't Hate About You: The only thing Leila is thankful of Clovis is that a Prince of the Realm publicly courting her forced all her other unwanted suitors back off. As she puts it, "at least there was only one of him".
  • Raised Catholic: She isn't particularly religious, but she does come from a catholic education and her knowledge of the Seven Deadly Sins has come in handy for the Black Knights.
  • Sensor Character: Her Persona can sense its surroundings in the Metaverse through a form of extra-sensory perception. Compared to canon, it's quite a bit weaker at first than what Futaba can do, but it's compensated by the fact said Persona also possesses offensive skills similarly to Mitsuru's in Persona 3. Later on, she learns to detect an enemy's weakness, but she needs time and concentration to do it.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Chapter 40 has a notable Subversion when Leila doesn't correct the misunderstanding that Lelouch is her boyfriend because it makes for a convenient cover story. Lelouch doesn't buy it and directly asks her if she likes him, the question catching her off-guard and making her reveal that she does. Leila then reassures him that she's well aware he's with Kallen and in a delicate situation involving Shirley, so she quickly makes a Better as Friends argument for the two of them.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: One of the things she likes about Lelouch is how good a brother he's to Nunnally and Euphemia.
  • Stealth Insult: Proficient at it as a well-read individual with years of experience having to play the aristocratic socialite to one Upper-Class Twit too many. She doesn't do it often in the story proper, but when the occasional suitable target presents themselves, her flowery compliments belying insults put a smile on Lelouch's face.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Lelouch's girlfriend doesn't appreciate Leila making Lelouch admit that he's in love with both her and Shirley, especially not right in front of her, in addition to how this makes the fourth Palace run even more complicated, and had a very real potential to turn it into an unmitigated disaster.
  • You Killed My Father: Leila Breisgau correctly suspected that Clovis ordered her parents' death, and entered his Palace in order to prove it.

Euphemia li Britannia/Noire

Arcana: III. The Empress
Persona: Eilonwy

  • Authority in Name Only: As Area 11's Sub-Viceroy. On the bright side, this makes sneaking out to join the Black Knights a lot easier to arrange. On the not-so-bright side, she has no real authority to help, as it is the case in Chapter 54 when she proposes she could request a formal audience with Gao Hai so he will see her in the secure areas of the Chinese embassy and disable his Palace's Cognitive barriers for her and thus the Black Knights. Lelouch dismisses her idea right away, pointing out the ambassador has nothing to win by meeting her in person and that's assuming Cornelia won't simply veto the whole thing the moment she gets wind of it.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Discussed. Milly wonders if this is the case with Lelouch and Euphemia after seeing how distraught the latter becomes after Milly tells her that Lelouch slept with Kallen. Lelouch actually has trouble denying that this is the case to himself because he did consider marrying her when they were kids.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Euphemia gets Suzaku to save a middle-aged Japanese man from getting beaten up by two thugs sent by a Loan Shark, but the guy all but spits in her face afterwards. He may sound like an Ungrateful Bastard, but he's not wrong in expecting even harsher retaliation from The Don after Suzaku defeated his goons.
  • Incest Subtext: At times Euphemia acts more like she's Lelouch's girlfriend rather than his half-sister. She seems outright hurt when Milly wonders aloud if Lelouch and Kallen already had Their First Time, gets a not-quite-sisterly Luminescent Blush when he hugs her during the Camping Episode before and gets "unusually vehement" telling an almost naked Shadow Shirley off for trying to seduce him. Even Shadow Shirley picks up on the latter and knowing neither who Euphemia is nor that she and Lelouch are related, outright asks her whether he is going out with her as well.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Situationally so. Euphemia shows shades of this around Lelouch, like when she chooses to wear one of the lingerie-inspired swimsuits designed by Clovis in the Camping Episode and invites Lelouch to bathe with her in a natural pool — invitation he refuses by saying they're too old for it already. Not so much so at other times though, like the Outdoor Bath Peeping incident where she got just as upset as the rest of the girls.
  • Lady of War: Noire's thief suit looks like a female dress uniform. Word of God confirms it's based on the outfit Cornelia had in the second season of the anime, a manifestation of Euphemia's admiration for her older sister.
  • The McCoy: To Lelouch and Bishop's The Spock. In fact, her genuine concern for the well-being of common people is what leads her to join the Black Knights in the first place.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Li Xingke Lampshades that it takes more than her canonical "pair of sunglasses and a hat" look to hide her identity.
  • Princess Classic:
    • Played With. Princess Euphemia is genuinely kind and beautiful enough to fit the mold to a T, but she's not naive enough to not see logic. For example, her first scene in the fic has her asking herself why would the Black Knights shoot themselves in the foot and kill Clovis before he finished confessing his crimes.
    • Also Discussed to the point of Deconstruction. Shadow Blake compares Euphemia to a porcelain doll. Something pretty to look at, but ultimately only useful as goods to be traded. That is, by marrying her off at the convenience of the Royal Family.
  • Rebellious Princess:
    • Euphemia ditches her bodyguards twice. First, when she wants to see the ghettos outside the Settlement in order to learn how life was really like in Area 11. That's how she meets Suzaku who was actually ordered to follow and guard her without her noticing, but luck had it that she unexpectedly just went and interacted with him. The second time, she successfully sneaks out without anyone noticing in order to try and confront the Black King, a mafia boss making a lot of people suffer, which is both a very stupid thing to do, and the only reason she finds out that Lelouch was alive. Subsequent getaways to meet up with the Black Knights are better planned, where she visits either Kallen or Leila, both daughters of prominent noble families in Area 11, as her excuse to leave the Government Bureau with Jeremiah as her security detail, who of course is in on it too.
    • She also goes behind Cornelia's back and uses her position to authorize normal Japanese people to enter the festival grounds in Ueno Park. Cornelia realizes this in time to go there and try to arrest everybody, but holds her hand when she realizes that Euphemia herself is attending incognito, and fearing for her safety, she gives people 30 minutes to leave peacefully or else.
    • Euphemia outdoes herself in the Camping Episode, where using a concealed microphone she got from Jeremiah, she transmits her conversation with Schneizel and Lloyd about the ruins in Kamine Island to the rest of the Black Knights in real-time. Hearing about the Emperor's interest in the ruins and others like it around the world from Schneizel, Lelouch has a Eureka Moment and figures out that the Kamine Island Ruins is the entrance to his father's Palace.
  • Relative Error:
    • The Don known as the Black King thinks Lelouch and Princess Euphemia have a Secret Relationship.
    • The Shadow ruling the fourth Palace thinks Lelouch is seeing Euphemia/Noire on the side. The Shadow even thinks she should break it off before he breaks her heart.

Shirley Fenette/Dame

Arcana: VI. The Lovers
Persona: Maid Marian

  • A-Cup Angst: Discussed. Lelouch observes that Shirley's choice of swimsuit in the Beach Episode draws attention to her breasts without being blatant about it. Given that she's not what can call small at all, just less endowed than most of their female acquaintances including his girlfriend, Lelouch considers the possibility that Shirley got the idea he thinks Buxom Is Better and perhaps, subconsciously or not, she's trying to make up for it. His narration quickly veers to something else.
  • Adaptational Badass: Probably the greatest example in the team. Bonus badass points for doing it the hard way: by confronting her berserk Shadow after facing and accepting the weak and ugly parts of her repressed self. The next chapter adds to it by revealing she was also suffering from internal bleeding and sleep deprivation at the same time.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Shirley gets told to her face that she likes Lelouch because he's "the biggest rule breaker at Ashford Academy" rather than despite it, and that all her talk about wanting to reform him is just an excuse she tells herself because she just can't admit it. Her Shadow goes even beyond that and also says that discovering that he was the "most wanted rebel in Area 11" was a big turn-on for her, something that the real Shirley desperately tries to deny.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Like Kallen, she's likely to get angry at Lelouch for not taking good enough care of himself. In her case, this includes mundane things like letting his grades to drop when she knows he could do so much better. In Chapter 52, she and Kallen berate him in stereo for taking a Mudoon spell in Shirley's place without warning them he had a plan with over a 75% chance to let him survive him.
  • Ascended Extra: She grows a Palace following a long Trauma Conga Line, becoming the fourth target of the Black Knights and eventually their seventh member.
  • Asleep for Days: In the aftermath of her kidnapping and Persona awakening.
  • Audience Surrogate: She's the closest the team has to a normal teenager among their ranks, so she's the one who needs Lelouch's Exposition on In-Universe international politics the most in order to understand his choice for the fifth Palace and the high stakes involved.
  • Betty and Veronica: Played With a bit because Kallen pretends to be a shy Ill Girl at school, making her look like the "Betty" to Shirley's "Veronica", but the opposite is closer to the truth.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Shirley proves capable of violently stabbing her own Shadow in order to protect Lelouch. None of the people present knew she had in her, except for the Shadow herself who purposely put a knife in her hand as part of a Batman Gambit.
  • A Birthday, Not a Break: Shirley gets kidnapped the day after Tanabata, which happens to be her birthday according to her official character profile.
  • Broken Pedestal: She gets hit with this twice, with differing results.
    • She is horrified to discover her beloved crush Lelouch is, in fact, the leader of the Black Knights and the man who murdered her father. This is then increasingly subverted when she can't bring herself to stop loving him even in the face of these revelations, and finally totally subverted when she learns he wasn't really the one who killed Joseph.
    • Played fully straight when she learns her father was an amoral scientist whose experiments on the Irregulars were so bad that they simply tell her You Do NOT Want to Know.
  • Change the Uncomfortable Subject: She tries this after getting a Luminescent Blush from hearing that Nunnally said "[Shirley] loves my brother almost as much as I do".
    Dame: Um, right! Steal from the corrupt!
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Shirley isn't happy at all that Lelouch is spending a lot of time with Kallen and Milly. It's later revealed that, just like in the anime, Shirley directly asked Kallen if she was interested in Lelouch. Kallen, being Kallen, instantly denied it. This sours Shirley's opinion of her, even more, when Kallen and Lelouch actually get together, later on, considering her a liar, on top of her bitterness over making her a Romantic Runner-Up.
  • Coordinated Clothes: Her Thief Suit looks like the Distaff Counterpart of Zero's, probably an indication that she modeled her ideal of a rebel after him personally. Kallen isn't too happy that Lelouch and Shirley now look like a matching pair in the Metaverse.
  • Covert Pervert: Justified by Jungian psychology. Shirley normally would never dare come on to Lelouch, but that doesn't mean that the idea of getting his attention with her body didn't occur to her. However, a person's Shadow embraces all of his or her suppressed thoughts and desires by their very definition, prompting Shadow Shirley to gleefully present herself all but naked to him, with only the Godiva Hair and Barely-There Swimwear tropes to protect her modesty.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: During the Beach Episode, Shirley says that if Lelouch is going to apply sunscreen on one of the girls' backs, he'd have to do it for all of them so nobody has to fight. She doesn't realize she said it aloud until she notices the Stunned Silence. Notably, Shirley stands by her words instead of shying away, which almost pushes Kallen into Clingy Jealous Girl mode, but Nunnally defuses the situation by asking him to do her back too. Lelouch remarks that Shirley normally would have never said something like that aloud, much less own to it, before her Character Development. Oh, and yes, Lelouch does end up rubbing sunscreen on all the girls (sans Alice) thanks to that.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: The story seems to have it in for her even worse than canon, and that's saying a lot, but at least it doesn't throw a lethal Diabolus ex Machina at her by the end of it. By the fifth Story Arc Shirley is back on her feet and as a much stronger person than she ever was before, up and including Enlightenment Superpowers, even though she Did Not Get The Guy. Then played fully straight in Chapter 51, when she gets together with Lelouch after he and Kallen agree to multi-partner relationship for the three of them.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: Very briefly done in Chapter 43. When Shirley learns Princess Euphemia li Britannia is Lelouch's half-sister, she immediately comes up with the family drama scenario where they have a mother in common that cheated on the Emperor and that's why her other children — that is, Lelouch and Nunnally — were sent to Area 11 in order to hide the whole thing. Lelouch immediately corrects her and points out he already said they have a father in common, which is when Shirley finally figures out he and Nunnally are royalty.
  • Epiphany Comeback: Shirley's acceptance that her feelings for Lelouch are truly unconditional, no matter how pathetic or bad a person they make her, take the wind right out of her berserking Shadow's sails, weakening it enough for the Black Knights to subdue. Both developments leave her at the doors of awakening to her Persona, which she immediately uses to settle the score with Mao.
  • Exact Eavesdropping: How she finds out Lelouch and half of her friends are members of the Black Knights.
  • Finishing Each Other's Sentences: Begins doing this with Kallen come Chapter 52 just like the Tarot reading Shi did for Shirley had foretold. Lampshaded, of course.
    Lelia: A merging of opposites into a new and harmonious whole.
  • Forgotten Birthday: Her friends completely forgot about her birthday in the wake of the discovery of her Palace until her Shadow itself reminds them.
  • Friendly Rivalry: With Kallen, after they work out some of their issues resulting from their Love Triangle with Lelouch.
  • Hopeless Suitor: For Lelouch. Further Played for Drama because her feelings aren't unrequited, but he didn't realize this until well after getting together with another girl and he's not willing to end his loving (if complicated) relationship in order to pursue Shirley. Subverted in Chapter 51, when the girls tell Lelouch that he doesn't have to break up with Kallen to be with Shirley. Lelouch doesn't see that one coming at all.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Shirley feels self-conscious after learning just how exceptional are the other girls in Lelouch's life, on top of the Internal Reveal of his past as a prince making her feel like the silly commoner schoolgirl crushing on a royal. Lelouch promptly cuts her insecurities short by throwing her words back at her and pointing out he didn't go sick with worry when Mao kidnapped "just Shirley" for nothing.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Once again, Shirley has a major character arc revolving around her conflict over her love with Lelouch warring with his responsibility in her father's death, opening the way for Mao to make her issues even worse for his own gain. This time, though, Lelouch wasn't actually her father's murderer; that "honor" again goes to Black Mask.
  • Internal Reveal:
    • Discovers the identities of the Black Knights by accident in Chapter 33.
    • Lelouch reveals his past a royalty to her in Chapter 43.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Subverted. Shirley doesn't take well at all that Lelouch is dating someone else. In her defense, her life was going to crap for several other reasons, so she wasn't at her best when they get together. Double Subverted after accepting her Shadow, and thus apparently including the realization that he's better off with someone not as madly in love with him — without knowing that Kallen would give a run for her money on the "unhealthily devoted" department.
  • Love Hurts: Shirley didn't take it well when Lelouch starts dating someone else. Growing a Palace turned this trope Up to Eleven.
  • Love Martyr:
    • Discussed. The Persona Incubus pins Shirley as one and encourages Lelouch to take full advantage of it. Lelouch angrily has him silenced.
    • In a particularly ironic twist of the trope, Shirley's being a Love Martyr ends up playing in her favor and saving the Black Knights' and her own collective hides while ruining Mao/Medjed's plans at the same time. During the confrontation with her Shadow, Shirley is presented with the worst parts of herself but ultimately manages to truly accept the pathetic part of her being that keeps on loving Lelouch regardless of the fact that he's a Rebel Leader, in relationship with someone else, or anything else. Such a deep acceptance of her own flaws puts her on the fast track to awaken to her Persona, resulting in an Epiphany Comeback that ends up with her sword being pressed against Mao's throat.
  • The McCoy: Subverted. Her emotions win over logic more often than not, and she's genuinely as kind and caring as Euphemia. However, some emotions are stronger than others. For example, when the team puts targeting the Chinese Federation ambassador to a vote, she doesn't hesitate to support Lelouch's side of the argument — or rather, support him — despite being told that could be the Spark of the Rebellion in the Chinese Federation, completely unlike Euphemia who didn't agree to enter the Palace until he told her they wouldn't steal the Treasure unless they couldn't come up with an alternative.
  • The Mistress: Discussed and Defied. Lelouch arrives at the uncomfortable conclusion that Shirley has it so bad for him that she would accept "a 'lesser' position in his life next to Kallen just so he could be with him at all". This and the fact he's already in a relationship with someone else are why he's adamant about not letting her know he reciprocates her feelings.
  • Oedipus Complex: As with many small girls, Shirley wanted to marry her dad someday. Her Palace shows that her Electra Complex was stronger and more persistent than most cases. Leila speculates that Shirley suppressed her romantic feelings for her father when taught they were inappropriate until finding a safer and more age-appropriate target to focus them on. She also believes that's part of the reason why Shirley fell so damn hard when she finally fell in love with someone.
  • Sex Is Evil, and I Am Horny: Shirley's Palace reveals that she is attracted to both the kinder and the darker aspects of Lelouch's personality, with her Shadow shaming her for being downright turned on by the fact he's the most wanted rebel in Area 11 despite knowing he's believed to be her father's murderer.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Discussed for laughs. Milly asks her if she finds Lelouch attractive when Disguised in Drag (to be fair, he's canonically gorgeous in the right dress). Shirley argues that she doesn't swing that way, but then Milly just changes the question and ask her what if Lelouch was instead born a girl, which makes Shirley too flustered to answer.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man:
    • As in canon, Shirley falls for Lelouch when he accidentally revealed to his Hidden Heart of Gold by helping an old couple in a car crash without anyone else noticing. Interestingly, more than proving himself a Good Samaritan, the part that caught her attention the most was that the whole thing was really just Tuesday for him. He didn't boast nor laugh about it, and as far as Shirley correctly knows, he never brought it up afterwards. Her Shadow's voice points out there's more to it, though. According to it, Shirley was already very interested in Lelouch at the time, but his aloof and Brilliant, but Lazy persona at school kept her from admitting it to herself at the conscious level. Lelouch showing his Hidden Depths like that made Shirley's denial come down like a house of cards.
    • Inverted too, as she's also attracted to her darker aspects of his personality. See All Girls Want Bad Boys above.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Shirley here has her rotten luck from canon. First, she gets much of Shiho's problems from Persona 5 by becoming a focus of Coach Nu's abuse, later on, her long-time crush starts dating someone else. Then her father is murdered by the Conspiracy and to make things even worse, she's the one to find his dead body. And then she discovers that said long-time crush and best friend are part of the Black Knights, whom she blames for her father's death. And just soon after, Shirley is abducted by Mao/Medjed, and then nearly murdered by her own berserk Shadow.
  • Underrated and Overleveled: Discussed by Lelouch when she joins the party and displays a level of power far above what her level of experience should allow. He theorizes that either her total acceptance of her own flaws when confronted by her Shadow gave her an especially powerful Persona, or she's simply a prodigy (a theory supported by her father's previous assertions on the subject).
  • Unrequited Love Lasts Forever:
    • After finally coming to terms with the fact Lelouch is dating someone else, Shirley decides to remain by his side as his friend despite still loving him. Partially Subverted in the sense he does love her back, but given that he also loves Kallen and neither is willing to end their relationship despite the complications, Shirley hasn't been told she's wrong about the "unrequited" part of the trope to prevent the situation from getting even more complicated.
    • Fully Subverted plus interests in Chapter 51 when the three of them agree to become a triad.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Played for Drama. Shirley's Palace plainly puts on display just how badly she has it for Lelouch, both as deep romantic longing and sheer sexual attraction. The Dungeon Crawling through it makes Lelouch feel even more responsible for her emotional distress, and puts his girlfriend so on edge that Kallen violently snaps at him, almost punching him with her Persona-enhanced strength, when the Palace reveals that they kissed despite making it patently obvious that Shirley stole that kiss and was purposely guilt-tripping Lelouch into not rejecting her immediately by doing it right after her father's funeral. Kallen intellectually realizes that she shouldn't let Shirley's rampant subconscious feelings and desires get to her, but she just can't help it.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: The closest thing to a Berserk Button she has is seeing Lelouch in actual danger, like the time she shoots Villetta in canon for saying aloud she wanted to arrest him. In this story, she outright stabs her own Shadow in the gut for threatening to kill him, which sadly was a Batman Gambit by her Shadow to gain lots of power from the rejection. Later on, her Persona allows her to give a very material form to that protectiveness.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: Shirley's father is a geologist, which is why he's so little at home. Actually, this is only a cover to justify his long absences while working in Cognitive Psience in a secret lab located in the Narita mountains.
  • Why Can't I Hate You?: The core of her issues. Shirley can't forgive herself for remaining in love with the man that she thinks killed her father. Her Shadow embodies both her guilt over this and her overwhelming desire to be loved by him, which is why Shadow Shirley is a crazy Mood-Swinger who shift from wanting to enact bloody retribution on Lelouch to wanting to jump his bones at the drop of a hat.
  • Worth It: A non-humorous example. In Chapter 54, she tells Lelouch that being part of the Black Knights and trying to make a real difference in the world, to say nothing of having a Relationship Upgrade with him, made the Trauma Conga Line she went through worth it.
  • You Killed My Father: Subverted. She mistakenly believes that the Black Knights killed her father, but even when she accidentally finds out who they are, she can't bring herself to turn them in, much less avenge him with her own two hands, because their leader turned out to be Lelouch. The fact that she's able to put the well-being of the guy she likes over any sense of filial duty wracks her with guilt, creating a Shadow that both treats him as the target of her affections and desires, and does her utmost to murder him.

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Confidants

    Confidants 

Igor

Arcana: 0. The Fool
The master of the Velvet Room
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Igor is portrayed as a Control Freak, shows No Sympathy towards Naoto's death, and scares the piss out of Shi.
  • Commonality Connection: One thing he and Lelouch are in complete agreement is that they don't like Charles zi Britannia at all.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Easy to anger when questioned.
  • Smug Snake: Lelouch's opinion of him. Igor thinks he's a master manipulator, but Lelouch immediately pegs him as untrustworthy.
  • You Didn't Ask: Igor tends to reveal he always knew important information that Lelouch had to come across the hard way. This is one of the reasons why Lelouch doesn't fully trust him.

Sayoko Shinozaki

Arcana: V. The Hierophant
The caretaker of both Lelouch and Nunnally.

Suzaku Kururugi

Arcana: VIII. Justice

Nina Einstein

Arcana: IX. The Hermit

  • Big Damn Heroes: Kallen, Lelouch, and Princess Euphemia rescue Nina when she gets attacked by four delinquents after taking a wrong turn into a back alley during the summer trip and her xenophobia made her drop racial slurs that got them very angry at her, very, very fast. The incident makes Nina fascinated with the princess.
  • Brainwashing for the Greater Good: While changing Nina's heart was unarguably an improvement in her life, Lelouch worries about how drastic her personality change was. For example, she was completely fine with breaking the law to help the Black Knights in Chapter 55, something she wouldn't have ever done before.
  • Categorism as a Phobia: Nina's xenophobia as in the series. Unlike canon, becoming a Confidant makes Lelouch and the narration pay more attention to her and her issues, leading to the Internal Reveal that her racism against "Elevens" comes from untreated PTSD resulting from an incident in her childhood where she got lost in a ghetto and was assaulted by a group of Japanese men. There's also hints of elements of Paralyzing Fear of Sexuality — specifically, androphobia selective to Japanese men — to her issues, which could be the result of a real or perceived Near-Rape Experience, but there's no confirmation of this as of Chapter 47. Chapter 52 confirms she was raped by a Japanese man at a young age.
  • Composite Character: Is one to Yuuki Mishima and Futaba Sakura from Persona 5 - she has Futaba's arcana and hacking abilities and calls in her own change of heart, but the Mementos target that the team must face for her Confidant is Shadow Nina, just like with Mishima.
  • Defiled Forever: An Implied Trope from the hints of Rape as Backstory and her awkwardness around her prettier friends. Chapter 52 confirms she really thinks this of herself.
  • Exact Words: In order to explain away her obvious personality change after the Black Knights stole her heart, Nina told people the exact truth: she asked them to do it. Of course, she knew people would simply assume she posted a request in the KnightWatch website, but actually she did it in person, albeit before learning Lelouch was a member. For his part, Lelouch completed the illusion by having the site admin post such a request with a fake timestamp to match the misconception.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: She drops her braids after her Change of Heart.
  • Homemade Inventions: Lelouch is taken aback when Nina shows him a homemade Knightmare Frame she's been building with the materials he provides her. It's far from an operative stage, but even that much progress with its construction is well above what can be expected of a seemingly Ordinary High-School Student.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Nina becomes fascinated with Princess Euphemia after she saved her from some delinquents despite the Hostage Situation in Lake Kawaguchi Hotel/Convention Center never taking place in this story.
  • Irony: She has a phobia of Japanese people due to her Rape as Backstory. The Persona she provides Lelouch is Ongyo-ki, a Japanese figure.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Her personality change after the Black Knights stole her heart is too drastic to have any hope of hiding it or keep people from connecting it to the Black Knights. To prevent people from trying to look for a connection between her and the vigilantes, Nina "comes clean" and says she herself asked the Black Knights to change her own heart — which is technically true because she said just that in front of one of their members (Lelouch).
  • Playful Hacker: Thanks to their Confidant bond, Lelouch learned that she's a variant of this. To be specific, Nina learned how to hack into computer networks such as universities in order to take advantage of their underused processing power to run her complex physics simulations through parallel computing. She refers to this as "scrumping", apparently to set it apart from the more commonly criminal applications of Botnets.
  • Rape as Backstory: Discussed. Lelouch suspects this from the seemingly deliberate ambiguity in the retelling of the incident that made Nina afraid of Japanese people, plus how it took her longer to get used to a guy like Suzaku than a woman like Sayoko. Her Shadow in Chapter 52 confirms that she was raped in the past by a group of Japanese men when she got lost in one of the ghettos. Based on the comments offered, it happened when she was just a child.

Jeremiah Gottwald

Arcana: XII. The Hanged Man

Shi and Tsu

Arcana: XIII. Death
Residents of the Velvet Room and sisters with an Uncanny Family Resemblance working as Igor's assistants. They're both this story's equivalent of Caroline and Justine, and are C.C.'s innocent, amnesiac self as "Shi" the younger sister and her regular Seen It All snarky self as the older "Tsu" existing simultaneously as their own separated persons for unknown reasons.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: Relative to Caroline and Justine. Like Lelouch, they are far quicker in figuring out Igor is playing them and someone screwed with their memories.
  • Bedmate Reveal: Tsu appears one morning in Lelouch's bed and nonchalantly tells him she will be spending time at his place. When he asks her how could she even stay in the real world given her duties as a warden, she points to the other corner of his bedroom where a door to the Velvet Room stands, making him realize sleeping in his bed nominally counts as manning the door for him.
  • Benevolent Conspiracy: They're conspiring with Lelouch against Igor, whom they think is Evil All Along.
  • Deadpan Snarker: There's an amusing moment in Chapter 48 where Lelouch tells the twins about a very important late-game reveal he recently deduced. Instead of showing suitable surprise, Tsu basically tells him that much is obvious and just hurries the conversation along.
  • Exact Words: Tsu invokes this trope about her relationship with Lelouch in order to get a rise out of Kallen. His reaction consists of actively sabotaging her attempt to give the Fiery Redhead the wrong idea about their relationship.
  • Fright-Induced Bunkmate: The real reason why Tsu basically treats Lelouch's bed as her own, as he discovers from her sleep-taking. This being C.C., she doesn't admit a thing and instead dares him to sleep next to her after getting into his bed without permission. He cautiously wraps an arm around her to calm her down, and eventually fall asleep like that.
  • From the Mouths of Babes:
    • Shi mentions to Lelouch and Nunnally that her big sister praised how comfortable his bed was. Nunnally pointedly asks Lelouch how Tsu would know that.
    • The way how Shi says she gave Lelouch and Nunnally some privacy unwittingly makes it sound like she instead just Invoked the Leave the Two Lovebirds Alone trope.
  • Incredibly Obvious Tail: Played With. Shi and Tsu make no effort to hide the fact they're following the student council in their summer trip, but rather than jumping to that conclusion, the latter group just assumes that the former is simply taking the same route for their own trip, and Shirley just goes and strikes a friendly conversation with them and they simply play along. Lelouch does warn them to be careful to not be seen disembarking at Shikine and Kamine Islands because they're restricted areas, to which Tsu just shrugs and assures him they won't be caught by Muggle military.
  • Irony: There's something very ironic about the implication that Shi is keeping secrets from Tsu when you consider how much C.C. Loves Secrecy in canon.
  • Literal Split Personality: C.C. appears as two Literal Split Personalities of her canonical self serving as wardens of the prison-themed Velvet Room: Shi, her naive "slave girl" self from before she got the Code, and Tsu who's more like her regular Sugar-and-Ice Personality.
  • Never Learned to Read: Shi is C.C.'s Literal Split Personality from the time she was a slave in late medieval times, so it comes as no surprise for her to be illiterate. That's why Shi enjoys it so much when Lelouch reads a story for her and Nunnally.
  • Saying Too Much: One time Tsu said to Lelouch that "I'm really starting to think that you have a death wish of your own." Played With in that he doesn't seem to have noticed to odd choice of words in there, but he's too fond of Unspoken Plan Guarantee to know for sure.
  • Talking in Your Sleep: Lelouch once overhears C.C. sleep-talking as in canon.
  • You Are Not Alone: Lelouch tells Tsu this in Chapter 48 in response to her issues with humans' comparatively brief lifespans. She refutes him with her characteristic snark by telling him he's getting a pretty big head to say something like that, but Lelouch explains he's not talking about himself, but rather Shi. Specifically about how neither sister will be alone as long as they have each other. This is then jarringly Subverted when instead of a heartwarming moment, Lelouch's words trigger a searing headache in Tsu like whenever she tries to remember a lost memory. Then comes the double whammy because Shi does not get a headache and instead hugs Tsu and tries to soothe her, encouraging her by telling her "you'll remember one day". The key word here is "you", implying that the apparently innocent Shi knows something that Tsu doesn't and for some reason is waiting for her to figure it out on her own instead of just telling her.

Rivalz Cardemonde

Arcana: XIV. Temperance

  • Hopeless Suitor: Twice over. After learning that Milly is engaged, he tries to chat up Leila Breisgau to no success, only to realize after the fact that the Countess is even more out of his league than Milly ever was.
  • Nosebleed: When seeing Milly with only a Modesty Towel on in the Hot Springs Episode.
  • Romantic Wingman: Well, at least he tries. Rivalz clues Lelouch in on an attractive green-haired girl checking out during the summer trip, but failed to notice that a) Said girl was more like glowering at him instead, b) Lelouch indeed has noticed her already and has doing his best to ignore Tsu, and c) Lelouch's girlfriend noticed the whole thing and even has to tell Rivalz I'm Standing Right Here.

Diethard Ried

Arcana: XV. The Devil

  • Composite Character: Diethard's role in this story takes elements of both Ichiko Ohya (as your main contact in the media and Devil Confidant) and Yuuki Mishima (as the manager of the website detailing your activities and de facto PR manager).
  • Milholland Relationship Moment: Chapter 44 has probably the most Anti-Hero example ever. Diethard ends up figuring out Lelouch is either a member of the Black Knight or is directly collaborating with them. Without missing a beat, Lelouch simply says "if I'm in league with the Black Knights, then you are as well", subtly yet clearly letting Diethard know he's not going down alone if he turns him in without really admitting to anything. Diethard finds his answer Actually Pretty Funny, and in a way that comes across as fondly, he nonchalantly comments they do have enough blackmail material to ruin the other before going back to talk shop as always.
  • Mutually Assured Destruction: He and Lelouch have enough dirt on each other due to their involvement with the Black Knights to get the other in serious hot water with the law. This isn't really an issue for them because Lelouch finds Diethard useful for the team in his own particular way, and Diethard is just having too much with the ever-growing societal upheaval the Black Knight leave in their wake.

Taizo Kirihara

Arcana: XVI. The Tower

  • Fake Defector: As in canon, Kirihara pretends to be part of Les Collaborateurs in order to secretly funnel supplies and intel to La Résistance, but almost nobody knows this, so he gets treated as the oligarch version of The Quisling under the epithet "Kirihara the traitor" by almost the entirety of the Japanese population. This is why Lelouch goes to him to request patronage for the Black Knights, not only obtaining it but also turning Kirihara himself into his Confidant of the Tower Arcana.
  • Friend in the Black Market: He helps Lelouch to get better weapons to use in the Metaverse, and one time he let Lelouch borrow a squad of Burais for his proclamation video in Chapter 49 as part of a trick to change the public's Cognition of them in order to solve their transportation problems by making Cognitive copies of the KMFs appear in the Metaverse.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Lelouch who's a quarter of his age. They have a healthy respect for the other's intelligence and they occasionally meet to chat and strategize about war and politics both old and new, the Black Knights' future moves, and their common interest in figuring out who killed Genbu Kururugi.
  • Internal Reveal: Lelouch tells him and Kaguya that he's Zero, leader of the Black Knights, in Chapter 44.

Nunnally Lamperouge/Nunnally vi Britannia

Arcana: XVII. The Star
Lelouch's sister.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She holds even more resentment than Lelouch does as a result of her disabilities, but she's also a lot better at suppressing it. This created a Shadow Self so powerful that she can't completely sublimate it into a Persona that has to be negotiated with rather summoned when needed. In other words, whereas a normal Persona User sort of domesticates their own Shadow for power, Nunnally gets only as far as have hers tamed. While this is comes in handy during battle, there's a much more present danger that her Shadow Self will take her over for good if Nunnally is not careful.
  • Big Brother Worship: Just like in canon, plus the occasional hints she's a lot better behaved when he's around compared to how she's like when he's not.
  • Blood Oath: After they both failed to live up to their Pinky Swear to not lie to each other, Lelouch and Nunnally make a Blood Oath. This marks the point he maxes up his Confidant rank with her.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Discussed. From what Cognitive Lelouch says in her Palace, Coach Villetta seems to think that there's more than a sibling relationship between them.
  • Fangirl: Downplayed. She's a fan of Elizabeth III from Code Geass' Alternate History and gets a tad defensive when people talk about the least savory historical theories about the Last Queen of the British Islands — especially the one about how she secretly arranged for Napoleon Bonaparte to be killed by poison in retaliation for invading England.
  • Hypocrite: Chapter 41 reveals Nunnally is secretly a member of the Irregulars. When she calls Lelouch out on breaking their Pinky Swear not to lie to each other in regards to his involvement with the Black Knights, Lelouch immediately responds by calling her out on her own massive lie by omission.
  • Incest Subtext: The Max Confidant Rank scene with Nunnally has more than a few undertones of a romantic reconciliation. Lampshaded to his annoyance by this fic's equivalent of C.C. who goes as far as to slyly ask him if there was any makeup sex involved.
  • It's All About Me: Nunnally makes some rather selfish remarks about how she couldn't leave the Irregulars to die, how she could finally walk and see in the Metaverse and Lelouch shouldn't be doing this because she didn't ask him to. It appears she somehow missed most of his Character Development in the last forty chapters and thinks she's dealing with his canonical self.
  • Morality Pet: The reason she's the Star Arcana Confidant — you could say she is Lelouch's moral compass.
  • Pinky Swear: Lelouch and Nunnally swear not to lie to each other like this as in the series. Given that both break their promise almost in the same manner, they prick each other's pinkies with needles in lieu of the thousand ones they were supposed to swallow according to the Japanese version of the oath, and replace their failed Pinky Swear with a Blood Oath.
  • Throwing Off the Disability:
    • Nunnally caps off her completed Confidant line by throwing off her psychosomatic blindness and opening her eyes for the first time in years. After Lelouch acknowledges some uncomfortable truths about their relationship based on how Nunnally is self-reliant in the world of Cognition and thus outside his protection, to say nothing of a much more self-assured person, he arrives at the conclusion that the main factor preserving her psychosomatic blindness is her subconscious need to remain dependent on him as a way to feed his Big Brother Instinct and prevent him from abandoning her like the rest of their family did. Lelouch takes action about this by attempting to redefine his relationship with Nunnally into one where he's more of a guide than an overprotective older brother while reassuring he will always be there for her regardless. What he never expected was for their first heart-to-heart to be enough for her to make the breakthrough.
    • Also Deconstructed for a bit. In real life, people who suddenly recover from long-term blindness usually suffer from "significant to total visual agnosia" — that is, the inability to process visual information because their brains got used to not have it and thus learned to compensate for its absence. The fact nothing like that seems to have happened in Nunnally's case is commented upon In-Universe by Lelouch, who seems to think he's missing an important piece of the puzzle but he's not ungrateful enough to look a gift horse in the mouth and simply chalks it up to cognition.

Rolo Haliburton

Arcana: XVIII. The Moon

  • Adaptational Early Appearance: He appears a lot earlier than in canon, now as a New Transfer Student.
  • Kid Detective: He serves as Akechi Goro's counterpart.
  • New Transfer Student: He arrives as one in Chapter 27.
  • Saying Too Much: Big spoiler. In the Beach Episode, Rolo asks Rivalz what he meant before when he said Suzaku is clueless. If you reread the previous scene in question, you will notice it was Arthur who said the word but Rivalz's voice overlapped his. This means Rolo has been in the Metaverse before and most likely is one of the Black Masks. Lelouch seems to have noticed, but he's interrupted before he can ask Arthur about it.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: His reaction to the mistaken idea that the Black Knights killed Shirley's father.
  • Workaholic: Rivalz pegs Rolo as one.

Kaguya Sumeragi

Arcana: XIX: The Sun

  • Celeb Crush: Semantically speaking. Kaguya is a Fangirl of the Black Knights and has a crush on Lelouch. When she learns he's the leader of the Black Knights, that crush counts as a Celeb Crush too by definition.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: An Inversion. Kaguya's not only fine with the idea of Lelouch hypothetically cheating on her if they ever get together, but she also wants to be fast friends with his other women. Believe it or not, she means it.
  • Crash-Into Hello: How she meets Lelouch in the Festival Episode seven years after their almost Forgotten First Meeting.
  • Dirty Kid: Kaguya once told Suzaku that she wanted her honeymoon to last for a month and even said that "as long as my husband isn't you, I'm sure I wouldn't want him to leave our bedroom for at least half as long". For the record, Kaguya was seven at the time and Suzaku himself didn't get the joke until he was twice that age.
  • Fangirl: She's one for the Black Knights for taking down Clovis and the Black King. Lelouch didn't know this, so revealing himself as the leader of the Black Knights to her and Kirihara instantly turned her into his fangirl and made him go Oh, No... Not Again! when she gave him a Wacky Marriage Proposal in lieu of a Love Confession.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: According to one of the Code Geass's Sound Episodes, she and Lelouch met as kids, but she didn't recognize him as a prince then and didn't make the connection for most of the series because she didn't see how Zero was like under the mask until very late in the storyline. Subverted here, however, because Kaguya runs into Lelouch during the Tanabata festival and recognizes him as the "oni" of her childhood memories on sight.
  • Genki Girl: Very much so, although there are strong hints she wasn't nearly as lively until reuniting with her "Oni".
  • Harem Seeker: By proxy. As in canon, Kaguya not only is singularly approving of the idea of man she wants to marry having other women, she also wants to be friends with all of them.
  • Insatiable Newlyweds: Her honeymoon's plans when she was seven were built in expectation of this trope. Yes, seven.
  • In Spite of a Nail:
    • Kaguya thinks fondly of "Zero" despite being almost nothing like the canonical one. This is because she recognized him from their Forgotten First Meeting, unlike in the series where she doesn't learn who's behind the mask until very late in the plotline.
    • Also, Kaguya is something of a Fangirl for the Black Knights despite the fact they're a completely different organization from canon because they changed the hearts of Clovis and the Black King.
  • Internal Reveal: Lelouch tells her and Kirihara that he's Zero, leader of the Black Knights, in Chapter 44.
  • Just a Kid: She complaints that she tends to get this treatment from Kirihara and the other leaders of the Six Houses. Lelouch deadpans back that, going by her age alone, she objectively is a child despite her Improbable Age competence. As her Confidant, he also advices her to not change herself "for them", but rather for her own sake and that growth will incidentally shut them up.
  • Love at First Sight: She insists that, technically, she fell in love a second sight. Curiously, this would mean she fell for Lelouch before she knew he's part of the Black Knights, and thus implying that learning he's a hero in her eyes just sealed the deal.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: She tends to get "uncomfortably close" to Lelouch. Thankfully for him, he's quite a bit taller than her.
  • Rebellious Princess: While not a princess per se, Kaguya is a Lonely Rich Kid who gets up to stuff like ditching her bodyguard in order to enjoy Tanabata, or sitting right beside the guy they were supposed to give a Blindfolded Trip to.
  • Reformed Bully: Kaguya used to be a total spoiled brat and a bully to her cousin Suzaku — kinda understandable because everybody treated the 7-year-old like a princess and she resented her Arranged Marriage to him — until the day she ran into Lelouch and confused him with an Oni (long story) who refused to take any crap from her and ungently but not unkindly played that role to give her a Heel Realization via Socratic method. In the present, she remembers "The Reason You Suck" Speech with genuine fondness because it helped to grow pass the person she used to be and that's the reason she instantly recognizes Lelouch when she runs into him (literally) during the Tanabata festival in Ueno Park.
  • Wacky Marriage Proposal: Kaguya proposes to Lelouch the moment she hears he's the leader of the Black Knights. He immediately tells her he already has a girlfriend, but her counterproposal of a Marry Them All scenario comes out of her mouth just as fast.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Lelouch tells her she has come a long way from her Spoiled Brat self when she starts to doubt of her own growth as a person.

Cornelia li Britannia

Arcana: XX: Judgement

  • Locked Out of the Loop: Discussed. Cornelia doesn't want to believe that something like a Persona User turned Professional Killer was officially sanctioned by the Britannian government, especially because it would imply such an operation took place in her viceroyalty and yet she was never told a word about it.
  • Outside-Context Problem: The Black Knights for Cornelia. She's a Warrior Princess, Lady of War and probably the most accomplished general Britannia has, but she can't win any battles against this version of the Black Knights because they simply won't give her any to fight. Subverted in the Interrogation Flashback where she seems to have captured Lelouch.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: A two-wrongs-makes-a-right kinda example. Cornelia incorrectly suspects that Leila Breisgau was involved in Clovis' murder and that the Black Knights could be behind the crime, but she's not wrong at all about suspecting said character's involvement with the Black Knights.

Other Vigilantes

    Medjed 

Mao

Persona: Momus
One of Code-R's test subjects who was experimented on to try and make him awaken to his Persona. Predictable, it goes horribly right. Mao uses his powers as a Persona User to escape and then exact vengeance on Code-R personnel for treating him like a guinea pig for six years, one mental shutdown at a time.

However, what started as an at least understandable need for retribution soon undergoes Motive Decay due to his already poor mental health. Mao Jumps Off The Slippery Slope and begins to believe himself "the smiter of the wicked", fancying himself Judge, Jury, and Executioner who punishes "evil people" by dragging them into the Metaverse to confront their Shadows. This predictable ends with the person rejecting it and then getting killed by their own berserk Shadow, which Mao sees as just trial getting carried out. Rinse, repeat.

Now calling himself "Medjed" after the smiter from Egyptian Mythology, Mao sets his attention on the Black Knights after figuring out they must have powers similar to his, and deeming them "false messiahs", he begins to plot their downfall.
  • Adaptational Backstory Change: In the anime, Mao was an orphan who was adopted by C.C. and granted a geass by her before eventually being abandoned once she came to the conclusion that he couldn't fulfill her wish. In this story, while Mao's still an orphan, he was instead kidnapped by the Conspiracy and used as a guinea pig for Code-R. After six years of suffering experimentation to make him awake to his Persona, he managed to escape — but only after developing into Knight Templar bent on exacting his own demented sense of justice.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Zig Zagged. Mao is still an Ax-Crazy Jerkass who has no issues manipulating and murdering whoever he needs or wants to in order to get his way. However, unlike canon, he doesn't suffer from his geass, so he isn't a Psychopathic Manchild who's obsessed with kidnapping his one true love. Instead, he's a vigilante who dishes out his own twisted brand of justice against anyone he thinks deserves it.
  • Ax-Crazy: Exploited. The Irregulars counted on his Roaring Rampage of Revenge drawing most of their pursers' attention.
  • Chainsaw Good: Naturally his Weapon of Choice in his second appearance.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He deserves some kudos for this. He manipulates Shadow Shirley to get rid of the Black Knights for him, and if that failed, the team would be easy pickings for him after such a difficult fight. His plan ends up blowing up in his face only because he never expected that Shirley would manage to awaken to her Persona. In his rematch battle, Mao makes sure he only has to fight Lelouch by kidnapping Nunnally and forces him to tire himself out first. He also brings a chainsaw and a shotgun to the battlefield, and catches Lelouch off-guard with Megidola, a powerful if costly mid-tier Non-Elemental spell. Mao is again thwarted by something he has no way to know beforehand: the fact Nunnally is secretly a Persona User who allied herself with the Irregulars.
  • Didn't See That Coming: He gets screwed over by things he couldn't have foreseen twice over.
    • He didn't know that Joseph Fenette discovered that his daughter Shirley has a lot of potential as a Persona User. Therefore he had no way to predict that making her confront her Shadow would give her the chance to accept it and make it into her Persona, thus turning the tables hard on him.
    • When he kidnaps Nunnally to get to Lelouch, he is completely blindsided by the fact that she already has her own Persona and Persona-wielding allies outside Lelouch, and he gets his ass handed to him again.
  • Disney Death: Just like in canon, which is why he gets Double Tap'd after his second defeat just to be sure.
  • Escaped from the Lab: Mao was one of the experimental subjects in Code-R, where the scientists attempted to have him awaken to his Persona. Needless to say, they succeeded. It's only thanks to his breakout that the other four subjects that would latter become known as the Irregulars managed to escape as well.
  • Glass Cannon: His Persona is geared to dish a lot of magical damage, especially thanks to the costly but powerful Megidola spell, but can't take nearly as much. To offset the latter a little, Momus has the Endure passive skill.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Despite being a Persona user instead of a mind reader via Geass, he still gives Shirley an impossibly accurate Breaking Speech, only this time his info's based on what he learned about her in her Palace.
  • Mundane Utility:
    • Medjed kidnapped people for ransom money and used the Metaverse as an untraceable hideout.
    • He also uses areas of the Metaverse outside Palace to bypass doors and other security in the real world. Think of it as a non-videogame example of Dual-World Gameplay.
  • No One Could Survive That!: Mao manages to pull off a Disney Death as in the series. This time thanks to his Persona possessing the Endure passive skill, an implant that automatically released epinephrine into his bloodstream (originally intended to help him survive the brutal experiments he suffered in Code-R) that allowed him to keep swimming until the collapse of Shirley's Palace dropped him into the real world, and of course literally insane determination to live in order to dispense his demented idea of justice and exact bloody vengeance on the Black Knights. Although, his body was left a mess and it took him blackmailing the best medical care Britannia could offer for an entire week to be in barely good enough shape to kidnap Nunnally and fight Lelouch.
  • Phlebotinum Rebel: Mao/Medjed was the result of six years of human experimentation on a pre-teen orphan in order to produce a Persona User. It's no wonder he escaped the first chance he got, and that he would want to exact retribution on the Code-R personnel that treated him like a guinea pig. However, he went too far and begun to believe himself the "smiter of the wicked", dragging people he considered evil to the Metaverse in order to get them killed by their own Shadows.
  • Public Secret Message: Medjed's challenge to the Black Knights contains subtle references to the Metaverse and Shirley's Palace that nobody but them are able to catch, which completely rules out in their minds that the threat isn't genuine.
  • Revenge by Proxy: The real reason why he targeted Shirley. Mao actually wanted to exact bloody vengeance on Joseph Fenette for treating him as a guinea pig in Code-R, but the Black Mask got to Shirley's father first and killed him by mental shutdown. Unsatisfied, Mao checked Joseph's family for possible proxy targets and discovered that his daughter had a Palace. In there, he hit the jackpot when it turned out that Shirley knew the real identity of the Black Knights. Feeling like a kid on Christmas morning, Mao took the opportunity to kill two birds with one stone, both exacting revenge on Joseph's beloved daughter while arranging things for her Shadow to kill the Black Knights, whom he considered "false messiahs" under his twisted sense of justice.
  • Serial Killer: Medjed's M.O. turns out to be dragging people to the Metaverse so they would be murdered by their own Shadows, with the occasional kidnapping for ransom where they use the Metaverse as an untraceable hideout.
  • Uncertain Doom: Mao is dragged by a Shadow to the stormy waters of the fourth Palace, making uncertain if they really died or not. Chapter 41 confirms he survived to go another round with Lelouch, but at the end of said chapter Alice makes sure that this time his doom is very, very certain.
  • Villain Forgot to Level Grind: Mao specialized in dragging people to the Metaverse and forcing them to confront their own Shadows, following some demented notion of dispensing justice. This means that he never really had to get good at fighting to fulfill his goals, unlike the Black Knights. Played With in that Mao knew this himself and confronted the Black Knights indirectly by riling Shadow Shirley up to battle them in his place — and if they somehow managed to defeat her, they would be easy pickings for his own Persona right after such a difficult fight. Mao couldn't have predicted that Shirley would awaken to her Persona and turn the tables on him, nor that he would get attacked by a Pisaca Shadow who was immune to Curse-type skills — his Persona's main form of attack. Partially Subverted later on when it's revealed they can compensate for this with Glass Cannon tactics.

    The Irregulars 

In General


  • Amazon Brigade: The Irregulars are comprised of five women as in canon.
  • Artifact Alias: Invoked. The "Irregulars" was how Colonel Madd wanted to call his squad of artificial Persona User soldiers. The girls named their rebel group just like that to spite him.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Nemo and Alice's arrival turns the tide of the battle in Lelouch's favor when Mao actually manages to win his rematch fight against him.
  • Canon Immigrant: The Irregulars are based on their namesake from Code Geass: Nightmare of Nunnally. In that AU Spin-Off, they were a group of mech-riding war orphan girls trained as Britannian Agents and given artificial AU Geass powers. They were officially known as the "Britannian Special Honorary Foreign Legion", and were under the command of Colonel Madd. Here they were subjected to horrible experiments in order to artificially give them Persona powers in Code-R, but managed to escape thanks to Mao's breakout and they changed Madd's heart because he was intent on recapturing them.
  • Code Name: The Irregulars go by their epithets in Code Geass: Nightmare of Nunnally: Alice is "Speed", Sancia is "Order", Lucretia is "Land", Dalque is "Power", and their leader Nunnally Lamperouge is "Nemo".
  • Comically Small Demand: In Chapter 46, Lelouch wants the Irregulars to change a few hearts for him as a diversionary strategy, but isn't sure what it will cost him. To his surprise, they only ask him to arrange for Alice to join Nunnally in the summer trip, something he has no problem doing because his sister enjoys her company.
  • Cuteness Proximity: The entire team feels this about Arthur.
  • Damsel out of Distress: They escaped on their own after they were briefly recaptured by Colonel Madd.
  • A Day in the Limelight: They get the main focus in Chapter 53.
  • Enemy Mine: Subverted. Despite Medjed and the Irregulars having a common enemy in Code-R trying to recapture them, and thus more than good reasons to collaborate, they went their separate ways very soon after escaping because Medjed was simply too Ax-Crazy to work with. He even tried to kill them with his Persona when he realized they wouldn't follow him in his Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • Escaped from the Lab: Other than their leader, the Irregulars were four experimental subjects managed to escape from Code-R thanks to Mao's breakout. They're being hunted by the surviving elements of Code-R, but they managed to gain some breathing room when Nemo led them to trigger a change of heart in Colonel Madd, who was the man in charge of their capture.
  • Heroic Neutral: Unlike the Black Knights, the Irregulars are mainly driven by self-preservation and they mostly target people privy to Code-R research who try to recapture them, but they aren't opposed to change the hearts of random criminals if it doesn't get in the way of that.
  • Hero of Another Story: The Irregulars show up in Chapter 41 and Nunnally is among their ranks, but for the most part they do their own thing off-screen.
  • Institutional Apparel: They were wearing the series' iconic full-body straitjackets like the one C.C. had in canon when they Escaped from the Lab.
  • Justified Criminal: They had to resort to MetaNav-assisted burglary in order to get by after escaping from Code-R, as they couldn't go to the police because they knew the whole project was part of a Government Conspiracy.
  • Karmic Jackpot: Their luck changed dramatically for the better after Alice jumped in to save a wheelchair-bound girl that somehow stumbled into Madd's Palace, with the rest of the Irregulars deciding to follow her.
  • Magic Enhancement: All Persona Users, even the ones with partially awakened Personas, have their physical capabilities considerably enhanced in the Metaverse. The Irregular took advantage of this during both of their escapes, lethally so the first time around.
  • Multinational Team: Alice and Lucretia come from Area 2 (Canada) but can easily pass off a fully Britannian, Sancia has Britannian/Hispanic ancestry and was born in Area 3 (Mexico), Dalque is an Ambiguously Brown Area 6 (South America) national, likely Brazilian based on her name, and Nemo is fully Britannian with a possible French ancestry too from her mother's side based on her and her brother's names. This was a problem for the first four when they Escaped from the Lab because they couldn't blend in among the Japanese population and remaining in the Tokyo Settlement was a risk because they were hunted by a secret division of the Britannian military.
  • Neutral No Longer: The Irregulars team up with the Black Knights in Chapter 54 after discovering that the Human Traffickers responsible for selling people to Code-R for human experimentation are still active and now supplying an apparently similar project in Chinese Federation. They find out from one of the ringleaders' Shadow that the traffickers are paying off the Chinese ambassador in Area 11 to make law enforcement to look the other side. Given that Gao Hai was already the Black Knights' current target, the Irregulars decided to join forces with them.
  • Odd Friendship: Alice remarks on the unlikely partnership between a group of lab escapees and a Noble Fugitive and allegedly dead Britannian princess.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Other than their leader and Alice, their real names are not mentioned until their A Day in the Limelight in Chapter 53.
  • Out-Gambitted: The Irregulars did consider that going to the hospital could lead to their recapture, so they took some time to look for one unlikely to have ties with Code-R. They didn't expect Madd to be subtle and clever enough to prepare fake profiles of the four of them making them look like dangerous psychiatric patients that should be subtly sedated and then captured.
  • Secret Project Refugee Family: Unlike Mao, they decided to stick together after breaking out of Code-R lab in Narita.
  • Summon Bigger Fish: Their response to facing a hopeless fight against Black Mask? Take advantage of Land's Sensor Character powers to lure him into a fight with the Reaper.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: When they Escaped from the Lab into the Metaverse, several soldiers were dragged into it as well. The Irregulars had to kill them in order to break free.
  • Unluckily Lucky: Their luck is fickle as the weather. They were unfortunate enough to end up as specimens in Code-R for years, but they were lucky enough to be in the right time and place to break out from the lab together when Medjed's awakened to his Persona. Then unlucky because Medjed turned out to be Ax-Crazy and even tried to kill them soon afterwards, but lucky in that he provided them with a MetaNav-enabled phone before that, which they used to avoid capture and steal what they needed to survive in the short term. Then unlucky again because their unawakened Personas got them sick without the drugs Code-R kept giving them, forcing them to look for medical attention, something that got them recaptured by Madd, but that turned out to be a blessing in disguise because it made them cross paths with Nunnally Lamperouge, who soon became their Rookie Red Ranger and led them to change Madd's heart, thus effectively saving them from being actively hunted by what's left of Code-R.

Nemo

Real name: Nunnally Lamperouge
Arcana: 0. The Fool
Persona: Elizabeth the Third

  • Adaptational Badass: Let's count the ways: She becomes a Persona user and a Wild Card wielder on top of that. She's elected The Leader of the Irregulars despite being their newest member. Oh, and the particularities of the Metaverse allow her to see and walk while in there.
  • Alternate History: Her Persona is based on an In-Universe historical character without a real-world equivalent.
  • The Berserker: Can let her violent Super-Powered Evil Side take over to give herself an additional edge in battle.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Nunnally's thirst for vengeance would give even canon Lelouch's a run for its money. She keeps it tightly suppressed because she knows herself to be her brother's Morality Chain and his well-being is more important to her than settling the score with their father and whoever killed their mother. Her Super-Powered Evil Side is a different story.
  • Big Brother Worship: One of the first two things the Irregulars learns about Nunnally's personality is that her brother means the world to her. The other being to not piss her off.
  • Blood Knight: Her Super-Powered Evil Side takes obvious pleasure from destroying her enemies. Lelouch, not a strange to the rush from battle himself, finds it a bit too much and asks her about it when they get the chance.
  • The Call Knows Where You Live: Her entire supernatural double life begins because the Irregulars decided to seek medical attention in the same hospital and at the same time she was simply getting one of her regular checkups.
  • The Chains of Commanding: She keeps together when the Irregulars run into the Black Mask in Chapter 53, even when she gives the order to retreat toward the Reaper for a Crazy Enough to Work Let's You and Him Fight/Summon Bigger Fish gambit. It's only when she gets back home to her brother the next chapter that she allows herself to have a delayed panic attack.
  • Contrived Coincidence: How she ended up in the Metaverse for the first time. She was at the hospital for a regularly-scheduled appointment when her above-average sense of hearing picked up an argument between Madd and some of his subordinates. The conversation happened to include Madd's name and the word "factory", which was the keyword required to enter his Palace, something the voice-recognition function of the MetaNav in her phone picked up too. Likely Subverted because it's not a coincidence for the app to be installed in her phone in the first place, strongly implying that Igor was pulling some strings to have her discover her Wild Card powers and a reason to keep using them by having her meet the Irregulars.
  • Deal with the Devil: Her Persona Awakening in a nutshell.
    Shadow Nunnally: [to Nunnally] Maybe you'll even tell yourself that you want the power to protect others. I don't really care. That power is yours... if you give me what I want.
  • Disability-Negating Superpower: Nunnally can see and walk in the Metaverse. Lelouch thinks the conviction necessary to awaken to one's Persona allows her to bypass her psychosomatic blindness, and that the effect could someday carry over to the real world which indeed ends up happening. Recovering the movement and feeling of her legs seems to operate on the same Magic Enhancement principle that allows Ryuji Sakamoto to ignore his Career-Ending Injury in the Metaverse. Unsurprisingly, Nunnally refuses to stop visiting the Metaverse despite the dangers involved, which is at odds with Lelouch's drive to keep her safe.
  • Famous Ancestor: Played With. Elizabeth III was an Alternate History Queen from before Britannia changed its name to the current one, but Nunnally isn't technically her direct descendant according to supplementary materials. It turns out Elizabeth died without issue a few years after she and her subjects had to move to the American colonies and it was her fiancé who took the throne, starting a new dynasty in the New World.
  • Foil: To her brother. Both are the leaders of their own Persona Users groups, much more intelligent and dangerous that they pretend to be in public, and bearing a deep-seated desire of retribution against the family that abandoned them. The critical difference is that Lelouch learned to carry that grudge every day without letting it control him, but Nunnally dealt with hers by tightly suppressing it and avoiding thinking about it. This led the latter to develop a Shadow Self too powerful to fully control unlike the former, but she makes do by letting her Super-Powered Evil Side unleash that anger during battle.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Her Persona is based on the Last Queen of the British Islands, who was forced to abdicate by a revolution sparked by Napoleon's invasion and then had to flee to the American colonies. Everything about her, from her Curse-type spells, Poison-inducing skill, and a surprising array of physical attacks indicates that Nunnally and/or the collective unconscious firmly believe that Elizabeth III only wanted to exact bloody vengeance on everybody who wronged her.
  • Hidden Depths: The Irregulars' Day in the Limelight shows there's a lot more to Nunnally than what's apparent from Lelouch's point of view. In fact, this could count as a Defied Trope given how she actively brings the best parts of her personality to the fore when he's around. When he's not, she resembles a lot how their mother was actually like.
  • Incest Subtext: None of the Irregulars missed that she admires her brother "in more than just a typical sibling way", but only Dalque dares to lampshade it by asking her whether "Onii-sama" (lit. esteemed older brother) is the Japanese word for one's boyfriend from the way she says it. Cue flustered denials and a rather upset Alice.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: The way her Super-Powered Evil Side talks about Lelouch seems to imply that deep down Nunnally knows exactly the kind of Magnificent Bastard her brother is and the kind mayhem his mind could bring into the world... and she likes him more for it.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: She immediately orders retreat when the Irregulars run into the Black Mask in the Metaverse.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Manages to have her team escape from the Black Mask by luring him to the Reaper.
  • Like Mother, Like Daughter: When not around Lelouch, Nunnally starts to show how much she takes after her mother. Given that Marianne was secretly one half of an Unholy Matrimony of world-ending proportion, this is not a very good thing.
  • Meaningful Name: Her Code Name comes from a conversation with her Shadow where Nunnally asked her how to call her. The Shadow smirked and told her she's of course "Nunnally vi Britannia", but that if she wanted to call her something else for convenience's sake, she could use "Nemo" which simply means "no one" in Latin. Lelouch comments that the fact Nunnally adopted the Shadow's moniker as her own codename "showed the extent to which she had accepted her Shadow".
  • Morality Chain: It turns out that she and Lelouch are this to each other, with Nunnally keeping the more aggressive parts of her personality in check for his sake.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: It's worried that her Let's You and Him Fight stunt could have gotten the Black Mask killed. Alice and then Lelouch argue that's unlikely, but even if they did, he tried to kill them first.
  • Not-So-Imaginary Friend: Nunnally can see and interact with her Shadow Self in the real world as a hallucination of sorts.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: Shadow Nunnally gets her to agree to her Deal with the Devil by pointing out that if he doesn't accept her terms to give her power, they will be killed by Shadows. Not only that, but her inexplicable disappearance will make Lelouch waste his life trying to find her, setting him onto a self-destructive Roaring Rampage of Revenge that could have massive consequences. Given how his canon self was like, that's putting it mildly.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: The same mechanics that change Persona Users' clothes in the Metaverse makes Nunnally's hair goes blonde, giving her the exact look her Super-Powered Evil Side has in Code Geass: Nightmare of Nunnally.
  • Pragmatic Hero: While she wanted to help the Irregulars, Nunnally had some personal reasons to take down Madd. Given that the Colonel was seeking to establish a new Code-R site in the hospital she regularly visited, it was only a matter of time before she would get outed as a Persona User and possibly even her and her brother's real identities as Noble Fugitive could be discovered.
  • Precision F-Strike: Chapter 53 reveals that upon awakening to her Persona, the first thing she said was an order to "punish this bastard".
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Her eye color changes to gold in the Metaverse when her Super-Powered Evil Side is in control, or when she's particularly angry,
  • Rookie Red Ranger: Nemo is appointed as the Irregulars' leader due to her versatility as a wielder of Wild Card.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Nunnally gets Milly to use her position as both the Student Council President and the granddaughter of the principal to get Alice enrolled into Ashford Academy. This still cost the latter a good chunk of her share from the Irregulars' Money Grinding to pay for her tuition and a few bribes to keep the school personnel from looking too hard into her background.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike:
    • Just like Lelouch picks "Zero" as in nothing for his Code Name, Nunnally independently goes for "Nemo" as in "no one"/"nobody" in Latin.
    • Alice decries her insane stunt of luring the Reaper to fight Black Mask as something her brother would pull.
  • Super-Powered Evil Side:
    • Chapter 53 reveals she doesn't have complete control over her Persona like other Users. Instead, she has an agreement of sorts with her Shadow Self and occasionally allows her to possess her in battle, making her more violent, foul-mouthed, and powerful.
    • Lelouch asks Nunnally about it the next chapter after seeing her fight. It turns out she has a surprisingly civil relationship with her Shadow Self where the former lets the latter vents out years upon years of repressed resentment against the people who wronged the vi Britannia siblings, and the latter doesn't get in the way of her normal life in the real world. It's still unstated why Nunnally can acknowledge her Shadow Self without it sublimating into a normal Persona, but it could be there's just too much about her repressed self for Nunnally to readily accept, or she could suffer from a dissociative disorder of some kind.
  • That Was Not a Dream: She initially thought that her first trip into the Metaverse and her Persona awakening was a dream. Also, a bit of Genius Bonus because blind people can actually get visuals when they're dreaming, further justifying her misunderstanding.

Speed

Real name: Alice
Arcana: VI. Lovers
Persona: Bradamante

Order

Real name: Sancia
Arcana: III. The Empress
Persona: General Cynane of Macedon

Land

Real name: Lucretia
Arcana: II. The Priestess
Persona: Saint Lucia of Syracuse

  • Call-Back: Her Persona seems to have the same design as its namesake from Persona 3.
  • Ill Girl: Her body took Going Cold Turkey on suppressants the worst, forcing the Irregulars to risk going to a hospital for treatment and leading to their temporary recapture by Colonel Madd.
  • The Load: Played With. On the one hand, her sickness forced the Irregulars to seek professional medical attention, directly leading to their recapture, and her condition made it harder for them to get away. On the other hand, all the escapees were bound to fall sick just like her sooner or later — Lucretia simply drew the short straw and showed the more serious symptoms the first.
  • The Medic: Lucia has no offensive skills, but possesses healing spells and is geared as a Sensor Character.
  • Name's the Same: Her Persona is the namesake of Leila Breisgau's former high school, St. Lucy's.
  • Non-Action Guy: Of the Irregulars. Notably, her Persona is the only one not based on an Action Girl of some sort.
  • Sensor Character: Her Persona is a sensor type with some healing skills to top of it.

Power

Real name: Dalque
Arcana: VII. The Chariot
Persona: Anne Bonny

  • The Big Guy: Very much a hit-first-think-later kinda person with a Persona to match.
  • Innocently Insensitive: She bluntly asks Nunnally if "Onii-sama"note  is the Japanese word for "boyfriend" because that's how it sounds the way she says it, making Nunnally very flustered and Alice jealous.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Discussed. Complains that they should have killed the Black Mask when they got the chance. Sancia argues back that wasn't even an option because he was just toying with them, and after Alice managed to wound him a little, he was bound to fight them for real.
  • Pirate Girl: Her Persona is based on Anne Bonny.

    Glinda Knights 

In General


  • Adaptational Backstory Change: In canon, the Glinda Knights were an anti-terror task force founded by Princess Marrybell mel Britannia in Code Geass: Oz the Reflection. Here, they're another vigilante group that makes otherwise untouchable criminals confess their crimes with their own mouths.
  • Hero of Another Story: As of Chapter 49, the Glinda Knights have changed the hearts of Princess Carine ne Britannia and Knight of Ten Luciano Bradley in the Homeland, but this only mentioned in In-Universe news report and all the internet noise about whether they're more prolific than the Black Knights despite not being active for as long as the latter.
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Antagonists

    Targets 

Coach Nu

Real Name: Villetta Nu
Sin: Envy
Shadow: Leviathan
The first major target of the Black Knights, a noble and the Swim Coach at Ashford Academy. Her Palace, "The Castle of Envy" is located at Ashford Academy. In her Palace, her Treasure resembles a golden scepter, while in the real world, it is a ceremonial sword that was passed over her in receiving.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Villetta Nu as the Starter Villain when compared to her game counterpart Suguru Kamoshida. While she is still a bigoted elitist Sadist Teacher, she isn't a sexual predator and never drives anyone to attempt suicide.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Relative to her canon self. Canon Villetta proves to be one of the more noble Britannians and eventually ends up in a relationship with Ohgi. This story's Villetta is a physically abusive, racist Sadist Teacher obsessed with her own success, who will stop at nothing to get Suzaku kicked out of Ashford just because he's Japanese and to make herself look good in the process.
  • Fantastic Racism: Towards the Japanese (or Elevens, as the Britannians call them).
  • Frame-Up: Lelouch learns from Shadow Villetta that her real self is planning on getting Suzaku expelled from Ashford Academy this way.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Villetta has issues with how the nobility flaunt the titles that she had to work hard to earn.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Played for Laughs. Coach Villetta completely buys into Kallen and Lelouch's public personas, meaning that her Cognitions of them inhabiting her Palace's version of detention hall are Prone to Tears Sheltered Aristocrat and a womanizing troublemaker, respectively. Kallen is outright mortified too see her Cognitive Self completely swept off her feet by Cognitive Lelouch, to the point Cognitive Kallen fainted from getting kissed by him. Lelouch finds the sight Actually Pretty Funny until his Cognitive Self starts bragging about having seduced Shirley, Milly, and now Kallen, and finds it even less funny when the Cognition nonchalantly admits to getting it on with his own sister behind closed doors.
  • Irony: In Persona 5, Leviathan was the last palace the Thieves had to face before they moved to take down the head of the conspiracy. Here? She's the very first one.
  • Mythology Gag: She's the swim coach at Ashford Academy, which was her cover in R2 of the anime when she was spying on Lelouch.
  • Scaled Up: Like the Leviathan of her namesake, Shadow Viletta morphs into a serpentine sea monster into order to fight the Black Knights.
  • Tactical Suicide Boss: Leviathan wields a lightning spewing scepter while standing in a large chlorinated pool. Do the math. In her defense, she is careful with her aim and this only becomes a problem when Milly grabs the scepter and uses it to electrify the water.

Viceroy Clovis

Real Name: Third Prince Clovis la Britannia
Sin: Vanity
Shadow: Azazel
The second target of the Black Knights, and the Viceroy of Area Eleven. His Palace, "The Theater of Vanity" is located at the Government Bureau in the Tokyo Settlement. His Treasure is shown in his Palace as a painting of Lelouch, Nunnally and their mother, Empress Marianne. The Treasure manifests in the real world as the same painting.
  • Adaptational Badass: Clovis was pathetic in Code Geass, easily giving in to Lelouch's demands when held at gunpoint and outright begging not to be killed. Here, he (or at least, his shadow) only goes down after a difficult battle, and while his shadow ultimately does beg for mercy, it's because he knows he WILL be disposed of should he attempt to squeal on the conspiracy.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Canon Clovis was just a Smug Snake Starter Villain. Here, he's involved with human trafficking and experimentation and is later shown to have connections to the mafia.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: Azazel plays it smart and targets the elemental weaknesses of the party's Personas. Lelouch counters this by casting Wall spells which make his teammates temporarily resistant to them instead.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: Similarly to Kunikazu Okumura, Clovis is killed by the Black Mask after Lelouch changed his heart, thus making the world believe the Black Knights did it.
  • Dual Boss: Azazel's body consists in two halves that fight as a team called Tragedy Mask and Comedy Mask — the former immune to physical attacks, the latter capable of absorbing several types of magical attacks.
  • Fantastic Racism: Towards Japanese (or Elevens, as the Britannians call them), for the presumed deaths of Lelouch and Nunnally.
  • Foil: To Madarame, his counterpart in Persona 5.
    • While Madarame was distant toward his adoptive son, Clovis is close to Cornelia and Euphemia and, before they were sent away to Japan, was also close to Lelouch and Nunnally.
    • Both are artists, but diametric opposites in terms of skill: Madarame is completely talentless as an artist, relying on passing off his students' work as his own to both maintain his wealth and stroke his ego. By contrast, while Clovis may be a total failure in many fields, he is an undeniably talented artist whose work's are of top quality.
  • He Knows Too Much: Is offed by the rest of the conspiracy for trying to spill the beans on them.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Prince Clovis for Leila Breisgau in a self-styled Courtly Love fashion. The only reason she plays along is because she correctly suspects he's involved in the death of her parents and needs to be close to him to prove it.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Despite Lelouch being a bit kinder than he was in canon, Clovis still bites it. This time, though, he is killed by this universe's version of Black Mask.
  • It's All About Me: Can't resist to show off and prove how talented he thinks he is, especially as an artist. The fact that he is a talented artist feeds his ego even more, which is part of the reason why his Cardinal Sin is Vanity.
  • Loving a Shadow: Prince Clovis has such an idealized image of Leila Breisgau, that the fact she hates his guts because she correctly suspects he got her parents killed doesn't seem to register at all. There's the implication that Clovis fell for Leila because of it, out of a really twisted sense of dramatic aesthetics at having the grieving beautiful maiden fall in love with the man that ordered her parents murdered. His defining sin is, after all, vanity.
  • Neck Lift: Azazel when he tries to kill Bishop close and personal.
  • Taken for Granite: Similarly to the "ratted" special status effect from Shido's Palace in Persona 5, certain areas in Clovis' Palace slowly turn girls into statues. This is based on how the real Clovis sees beautiful women as works of art rather than their own persons, which is why Lelouch and Arthur remain unaffected.

The Black King

Real Name: Blake King
Sin: Gluttony
Shadow: Alciel
A Britannian Crime Boss, and the third target the team faces. His Palace, "The Resort of Gluttony" is located at the Babel Tower. His Treasure, which manifests a red crown lined with spikes in the Palace, is a chess set of great craftsmanship.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: In canon, he isn't seen or mentioned until after the Time Skip. Here, he comes into the story shortly after Clovis' death.
  • Adaptational Expansion: Was a nameless nobody who had a minimal role in R2 before getting unceremoniously killed off. Here, he's the third target.
  • Arms Dealer: One of his illegal businesses, which helps the Black Knights a lot because his Cognition has created entire stores in his Palace with all kinds of firearms for sale. Or for a Kleptomaniac Hero like Lelouch, weapons free for the taking after getting rid of the security.
  • Ascended Extra: The Black King in canon was just some Sore Loser thug who harassed Lelouch at the beginning of R2, only to be unceremoniously killed off without making any impact on the plot. Here? He's been promoted to Arc Villain and the blackmail he has on Lelouch makes the Black Knights' conflict with him very personal. The author said that his expanded role resulted from the character helped to highlight the social problems of the setting in a way similar to Kaneshiro in Persona 5.
  • Blackmail: As in canon, the reason he becomes a target. In this case, it's a picture of Euphemia with Lelouch, whom he assumes is her secret commoner lover.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: During the first confrontation with Shadow Blake, Euphemia points out that he's already rich and can easily keep himself wealthy from his legitimate businesses alone, so why does he even bother breaking the law and destroying so many lives in the process? Shadow Blake's response basically amounts to "supply and demand". There will always be money to be made in drugs, prostitution, illegal weapons, Loan Sharking, and a long etcetera because "the appetites of mankind are endless and perverse", so why should he let anyone else try to supply that demand and get the profits when he can do it himself?
  • Entertainingly Wrong: After losing to Lelouch in a game of chess, the Black King decides to blackmail Lelouch with a picture of him together with Euphemia, who had coincidentally also tried sneaking into his club at the same time, upon realizing that they knew each other. The Black King correctly assumes that the photo is excellent blackmail material, but he's wrong about the reasons.
  • Flunky Boss: Alciel summons a team of Mooks styled after chess pieces — with himself as the King — during his Boss Fight.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: When he reveals that he grew up poor and had to claw his way to "the top of the food chain", Kallen instantly retorts that a crappy childhood doesn't give him the right to ruin so many lives.
  • Punny Name: The Black King's real name turns out to be Blake King.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: The Black King is right in thinking that a photo of Euphemia with Lelouch in her arms is prime Black Mail material, but he's wrong about the reason why that's the case. The Don thinks he's sitting on a paparazzi shot suggesting a scandalous affair between the Third Princess and a handsome commoner, plus the legal problems the two minors will get from entering a nightclub, but the real value (and danger) of the picture is that it proves that the "late" 11th Prince is in fact very much alive.
  • Sore Loser: Utterly cannot believe that Lelouch could beat him fairly in chess, leading to the Blackmail above.

Shadow Shirley

Real Name: Shirley Fenette
Sin: Lust
Shadow: Angel
A Student At Ashford Academy and the fourth target the team faces. Her Palace, "The Sinking Ship of Lust" is located at Ashford Academy. Her Treasure, which takes the shape of a diary, is her memories of Lelouch.
  • Batman Gambit: She puts a knife on Shirley's hand and tells her to kill Lelouch in order to avenge her father's murder. Shirley doesn't hesitate to use that very same knife and stab her own Shadow in order to protect him, which is exactly what Shadow Shirley wanted because such a violent rejection would give her a massive power-up to go One-Winged Angel on the Black Knights and kill them with her own hands.
  • Bondage Is Bad: Her Berserk form looks like Shirley with white angel wings, but dressed only in a Stripperiffic black bondage gear complete with a blindfold and a leash, symbolizing her corruption by lust.
  • Foreshadowing: She's able to easily Shapeshift between human and mermaid form despite that being far from the case for the Little Mermaid in the fairy tale. Shadow Shirley is actually based on the Sea Witch who did have magical powers of her own, whereas the real Shirley is a more direct counterpart of the Little Mermaid with her Shadow being the corrupting influence giving her just enough rope to hang herself.
  • Godiva Hair: Unsurprising considering she's based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid.
  • Love Confession: She gives one to Lelouch that somehow comes across as both fervently romantic and utterly bonkers.
  • Lust: Her Cardinal Sin and the theme of her Palace. Much like Futaba with her rightful Wrath toward the people actually to blame for her mother's death, Shirley's personal breakthrough actually came from embracing her Lust for love in order to give it its due place at a driving passion that pushes her forward.
  • Lust Object: Lelouch for her, big time. Played With in that she also wants him dead.
  • Mood-Swinger: Shadow Shirley shifts between wanting to jump Lelouch's bones and exacting bloody vengeance on him and his team for allegedly killing her father.
  • Murder-Suicide: Shadow Shirley wants the Black Knight to enter her Palace so she can kill them all, and then herself.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: The Black Knights usually have the chance to explore a Palace before their presence is detected, and even then, the Palace Ruler usually waits for them to arrive at a room where he or she holds the Home Field Advantage before fighting them. Shadow Shirley, on the other hand, summons two very large Shadows to kill them after they barely put a foot in the Palace, even if that means bringing the entire Palace down with them. It takes all of Lelouch's tactical acumen and the party's might and teamwork to divide the battle into solvable problems just to get rid of the summoned Shadows and keep the Palace in one piece. Even with that out of the way, the Palace Ruler simply dials the alert level to the max, forcing the team to withdraw before they can get swarmed by Shadows.
  • Scylla and Charybdis: Invoked by her, who locks the Black Knights in a Duel Boss fight — one Mini-Boss that prepares an Instant-Win Condition, and the other that keeps them too busy to escape or take aim at the former. Shadow Shirley gets extra style points for shaping her Elite Mooks after the Charybdis and Scylla sea monsters of Classical Mythology.
  • Stalker Shrine: The entire areas of fourth Palace are lined with statues of the ruler's Lust Object in different physique-flattering poses and state of undress. Played With in that it's all a subconscious manifestation of the ruler's unrestrained Unresolved Sexual Tension and no actual Stalker Shrine was built. Milly tries to crack a few off-color jokes about some of the more risqué statues of Lelouch to tease his girlfriend and lighten the mood a bit, but Lelouch cuts them short and pushes the team to move past such areas as quickly as possible.
  • Stripperiffic:
    • One of her getups is described "revealing, to say the least; No, practically nonexistent was more accurate." Suffice to say that her hair was doing a better job protecting her modesty.
    • Her berserk form is even worse despite possibly covering a bit more. It consists in the same black bondage gear the Persona Angel wears in Persona 5, which can be described as strategically placed strips of leather, a blindfold, a collar attached to a chain leash, and, well, that's it.

Ambassador Gao

Real Name: Gao Hai
Sin: Greed
The fifth target of the Black Knights, and the Consul General of the Chinese Federation to Area 11, and one of eight High Eunuchs, who are the de facto rulers of the Chinese Federation. His Palace, "The Forbidden City of Greed" is located at the Chinese Federation Consulate Building
  • Corrupt Politician: Follows the Eunuchs Are Evil stereotype to a T. The Irregulars discover that he has been accepting bribes to cover for a human trafficking ring kidnapping people from the ghettos and selling them to someone in the Taklamakan Desert in Northwestern China.
  • Dual Boss: The Guardian Lions in his Palace.
  • Imperial China: His Palace is shaped as the Forbidden City and his Shadow fancies himself Huangdi, or Yellow Emperor. Even the Mooks are based on the terracotta soldiers that turn into Shadows inspired by Chinese Mythology such as Senri, Neko Shogun, Zhen, and a Dual Mini-Boss styled after a pair Chinese Guardian Lions statues.
  • Plunder: The areas of his Palace behind the first Cognitive Barriers are lined with trophies from countries conquered by the Chinese Federation, all thrown around without really a care. The Black Knights interpret the sight as a manifestation of his insatiable Greed always focusing on what he can have next and ignoring the wealth and power he already has. This sight is part of what makes Euphemia/Noire give up on looking for an alternative to changing Gao Hai's heart, as the dangers of a potential revolution in the Chinese Federation don't outweigh the harm that allowing the High Eunuchs to continue in power would indubitably cause.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: Bishop thoroughly insults the guards in his Palace and they barely noticed. Lelouch had to fight down a smirk to not break character.

    Other Targets 

Mrs Stadfelt

Kallen's stepmother.
  • Ascended Extra: In canon she was nothing more than an adulterous noblewoman who treated Kallen's mother like crap and only appears in one episode and then is never heard of again. Here she's a target of the Black Knights, albeit not one with her own Palace, and many chapters later she makes a reappearance as a key character in the team's Black-Tie Infiltration to the real-world location where the Fifth Palace is based on.
  • The Atoner: Her Heel Realization via Change of Hearts hits her hard, leaving her with years upon years of despicable actions that she can no longer justify to herself and very little means to actually atone for them. This is the reason she feels she Must Make Amends to Kallen in particular, but the latter has more than enough reasons to not want to have anything to do with her stepmother.
  • The Bus Came Back: Comes back to the plot after an absence of about 30 chapters.
  • Cruel Mercy: Her opinion on her own change of heart, which did nothing to her physically but left her with the memories of all her awful deeds in life and no way to think of her sins as anything but what they are.
  • The Fashionista: She used to be one, investing a lot of time and money on looking at her best. With her change of heart getting rid of her It's All About Me mindset, this trope was one of the first things to go.
  • Freudian Excuse: While Mrs Stadtfeld remains self-entitled as always in the process, her Shadow's rants shows she's not entirely unsympathetic. Kallen's stepmother thought she was in for a Perfectly Arranged Marriage to Lord Stadtfeld after he was forced to divorce his Japanese wife once Britannia annexed Area 11. Due to her Blue Blood upbringing, Mrs Stadtfeld considered her husband's previous family completely inconsequential, but when it was discovered that she can't have children, he used it as an opportunity to legitimatize his children. Rather than a divorce, a deal was struck where Kallen was formally adopted and made the heir on the condition that the girl would never see her mother again. However, he broke his promise after Kallen's mother literally threw herself at his feet and begged to not be separated from her child and he hired her as a maid. His betrayal hurt Mrs Stadtfeld a lot, who thought he did it because he still loved his ex-wife more he ever did her, and not helped at all that by the fact he never once touched her afterwards. Knowing that he would never let her fire her, she made her life miserable instead, probably in an attempt to make her quit, but Kallen's mother endured it all. From then and on, Mrs Stadtfeld became obsessed with her appearance and desirability, even turning to serial adultery for validation and developing a taste for playing The Vamp to younger lovers — but between the lines it seems it was all a gigantic cry for attention that her husband never heeded.
  • Fridge Logic: In-Universe. She realizes that the Black Knights targeting her in particular out of all nobles in Area 11 with much worse crimes to their names makes no sense unless they had a personal reason for it. Going by the timing of her change of heart, Mrs Stadtfeld immediately suspected Kallen and her boyfriend, whom she met just a little before, plus the already suspicious fact that Kallen stopped skipping class.
  • Meet the In-Laws: Invoked. Her one condition to agree to Kallen's request to help them get Lelouch into the Chinese Embassy as her plus-one for the Masquerade Ball was to meet him alone before the event. Her actual goals were to talk with one of the members of the Black Knights other than Kallen, and of course find out what kind of man her stepdaughter so obviously fell for.
  • Mrs. Robinson:
  • Must Make Amends: Her reaction to her Change of Heart. Sadly there's just too much for her to atone for, and one of the people she wants to make amends to the most, her stepdaughter Kallen, won't even give her the time of the day.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: She feels she Must Make Amends after her Heel Realization, especially to Kallen, but the latter is not having any of it. It's implied that the only time Kallen even talked to her since her mother was arrested after almost OD-ing on Refrain was at Lelouch's request and only due to official Black Knight businesses. Lelouch advices her to try and help Kallen's mother instead, if getting her released on parole is not possible, at least try to get her moved to a better facility.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: Chapter 55 reveals she figured out that Lelouch and Kallen are Black Knights, reasoning that her heart was changed the day after she first met Lelouch and they'd have no reason to target her specifically unless she had personally provoked them. Upgraded to Secret Keeper once she reveals this to them.
  • Unkempt Beauty: Lelouch thinks she's an "outwardly a beautiful woman" when he sees her without any markup and lacking an elaborate hairstyle like in their first meeting. Although his perception likely has more to do with how she's no longer the hateful person she once was.
  • Your Cheating Heart: She was a serial adulteress before her Change of Heart. See Freudian Excuse above for details.

Colonel Madd

A Code-R scientist and military commander originally intended to lead the Artificial Persona Users produced by the project also tasked with recapturing Mao and the Irregulars after they Escaped from the Lab. The Irregulars under their new leader Nemo changed his heart in order to halt any coordinated effort to recapture them.

His Palace takes the form of a factory, representing the way he sees people as an obsolete product meant to be improved upon by him into a superior version capable of using Persona, only to then be mass-produced for his own recognition.


  • Berserk Button: Disrespecting him in any form, as a result of his Freudian Excuse.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Alice describes the berserk form of his Shadow as a very large mechanical thing that "could barely qualify as remotely human".
  • Cyborg: He isn't one as in canon, but his Shadow is really big on artificial augmentations for himself and others. The Mooks in his Palace can be accurately described as Cyborg Zombies.
  • Didn't See That Coming: An "Unknown Unknowns" example. He knows about Persona Users and the Metaverse, but he has no idea about the existence of the MetaNav, so he saw no danger in not taking Alice's phone from her because he knew for a fact they were in a no reception area and instead prioritized moving them to a secure location as soon as possible. Alice would later reach for her phone despite her restrains, activating the MetaNav and having the four of them escape to the Metaverse.
  • Evil Gloating: Gives the Irregulars a Motive Rant when he briefly recaptures them, even calling them "ungrateful" for running away and interfering with his effort to "perfect" them. This backfires big time on him because the voice recognition function of the MetaNav in Alice's phone accidentally picked up the keywords to enter his Palace, not only allowing the girls to escape but also paving the way for them to change his heart later on. In his defense, he had no way to know that could happen.
  • Evilutionary Biologist: He sees Persona Users as a superior evolutionary stage for humanity. His Shadow shows that at some level he genuinely thinks he is doing Code-R's victims a favor by experimenting on them to try to have them awaken to their Personas and make them into something more than "mindless rabble".
  • Freudian Excuse: His obvious non-Britannian ancestry earned him the constant scorn of many of his colleagues, both as a scientist and in the military. This made any perceived disrespect into his Berserk Button and became rabidly obsessed with proving himself.
  • Large and in Charge: Madd is a tall and physically imposing man and was in charge of the military applications of the Code-R project.
  • Nightmarish Factory: His Palace is a cavernous factory that produces the "perfected" humans that he wants to create in the real world, guarded by Cyborg Zombie Mooks.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: He didn't indulge in any General Ripper clichés to try and catch the escaped Irregulars. He simply came up with detailed fake profiles for the four girls as runaway mental patients and put them up in a wanted list at hospitals because he knew the Irregulars would need medical attention sooner or later. The profiles had specific instructions about what treatment to give them because he simply couldn't have his specimen dying before recapture, plus orders to ER personnel to keep the girls sedated and call him to pick them up. It worked like a charm, the Irregulars only managing to escape again because he didn't know about the MetaNav.
  • Uncertain Doom: It's unknown what happened to him after the Irregulars changed his heart. They only know he didn't fully confess to the press, so they guess a third party kept him from talking.
  • Would Hit a Girl: His Shadow throws Nunnally out of her wheelchair, but it's interrupted by the apparition of her Shadow before he could do more.

    Black Mask (Major Spoilers) 
Persona: (Black Mask) Loki
Persona users triggering Mental Shutdowns following some unknown agendas, and yes, the plural is not a typo. Both the Black Knights and the audience believed that there was just one Black Mask as revealed in Clovis' dying words, but Chapter 41 confirmed there's at least two of them who appear to work for independent and possibly competing parties.

Given the current scarcity of information, it's hard to tell which Black Mask did what. For convenience's sake, this section will cover both. A distinction will be made between Clovis' assassin (the one who used to kill on Clovis' orders and confronts the Irregulars in Chapter 53), referred to by the Irregulars as "Black Mask", and Britannia's assassin (the one that appeared in Chapter 41 in front of Zero and Nemo), referred to by the Irregulars as "Black Armor".

Tropes applying to Black Mask

  • Affably Evil: Remains amiable despite just killing someone by head shooting their Shadow.
  • Always a Bigger Fish: The Irregulars manage to escape from him in Chapter 53 by luring him to the Reaper and then leaving Mementos.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Claims he doesn't remember how many people he's killed, claiming it's similar to not counting how many times someone has brushed their teeth or had a meal.
  • Code Name: Is called "Nebiros" by his superior (who is implied to be V.V.). For those who have seen the Code Geass compilation movies, this all but confirms Black Mask's identity.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Barely Subverted. He was about to dish one to the Irregulars, but Nunnally's quick thinking allowed them to escape.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Keeps a conversational tone of voice despite just casually shooting someone's Shadow in the head and thus triggering a mental shutdown in the real person.
  • Fashionable Evil: His Thief Suit looks like a period outfit for the nobility, but with some concession to practicability like combat boots. Something of a Foil to Black Armor's self-descriptive outfit.
  • Lack of Empathy: He has zero empathy for all the people he has killed, comparing murder to brushing his teeth.
  • Obviously Evil: If his appearance wasn't a big clue, it's him using Loki that seals the deal.

Tropes applying to Black Armor

  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: Subverted. If Alice/Speed hadn't killed Mao/Medjed at the end, Black Armor would have done it himself.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Black Armor may be a Professional Killer working for The Empire, but even he is disgusted by the other Black Mask who's just a flat-out murderer who kills people for self-profit and the benefit of their benefactors.
  • Knight Templar: Black Armor operates under the belief he kills only "the truly guilty". Unlike Mao, he doesn't pick his targets himself and spares the Black Knights and the Irregulars the first time he meets them because it goes against his code of conduct. His actual morals are hard to pin down because he only admits to attempting to murder Mao, who was indeed a Serial Killer, kidnapper, too fond of Breaking Speeches, and all-around Asshole Victim when defeated.
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